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OARSI – Recommendation XXII: Unicompartmental Knee Replacement is Effective

August 3, 2010

This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Unicompartmental Knee Surgery

Unicompartmental Knee Surgery

Recommendation XXII

Unicompartmental knee replacement is effective for patients with unicompartmental OA.

33% of the patients with knee osteoarthritis only have the disease in one compartment of their knee.  Nine studies and one randomized controlled trial were examined for this recommendation.  Knee pain and function were similar following unicompartmental knee replacement when compared to total knee replacement.

The research team gave this osteoarthritis treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 76%.

W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162


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