Partial knee replacement: it's not always cheaper or better

Australian doctors urge caution on UK trial findings

Research suggesting partial knee replacement for osteoarthritis is more cost-effective than total knee replacement should be treated with caution, say Australian doctors.

knee pain

The world’s largest randomised trial compared partial knee replacement with total knee replacement for medial compartment osteoarthritis.

Conducted across 27 sites and including 530 patients, it found both surgeries offered similar clinical results after five years of follow-up.

But considering patients’ better self-reported pain and function, based on the