The purpose of this study was to analyse the midterm outcomes of an accelerated rehabilitation programme for unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. One hundred and six patients (187 knees) underwent a minimally invasive Phase 3 Oxford unicompartmental knee arthroplasty with an accelerated rehabilitation programme and were followed over the first 5 years. The emphasis of the programme was pre-operative patient education, multidisciplinary discharge planning and early rehabilitation. On retrospective analysis, patients reported a significant improvement in functional outcomes and quality of life in respect of Oxford knee score, American knee score and short form-12 outcomes (P < 0.05). These improved clinical outcomes were then maintained during the 5-year period. The results support the use of accelerated rehabilitation to optimise early hospital discharge without jeopardising early and midterm outcomes. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology|
|Early online date||9 Apr 2011|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2012|