We describe a method of audit of a type of total knee replacement, including some details of the organisational difficulties of administering multicentre studies, and draw attention to how this can be done using industrial funding without prejudicing the study. This is a prospective record of 1439 patients who had an Insall-Burstein II (IBII) prosthesis implanted between 1990 and 1994. The data were collected using the American Knee Society scoring system. A method of storing radiographs digitally at low cost is also described. The results emphasise the need for the long-term collection of data on commonly used devices implanted by a cross-section of surgeons. We conclude that for most patients the IBII cemented, posteriorly stabilised, cruciate-substituting prosthesis will relieve pain and give excellent functional results throughout the patients’ remaining years with a very small incidence of revision, except in cases of infection.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British Volume|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2001|