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Clinical experience of learning a new technique of minimally surgery for total knee arthroplasty is presented. Close monitoring of the technique, pitfalls, learning tips, and tricks are discussed. A "learning phase" is identified as approximately 10 months or 21 knee replacements using minimally invasive technique. It took 50 operations before the surgical time equaled the open technique. There was no incidence of increased complications during the learning phase. Functional results such as stair climbing, walking distance, and walking with aids was significantly better after minimally invasive technique than after standard technique.

Original publication

DOI

10.1177/1553350609331396

Type

Journal article

Journal

Surg Innov

Publication Date

03/2009

Volume

16

Pages

55 - 62

Keywords

Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee, Clinical Competence, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Osteoarthritis, Knee, Recovery of Function