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"To empower patients and clinicians with improved methods of diagnosis and treatment to restore knee function."

Total Knee Replacements

SORI sees, on average, of 400 new patients for total knee replacements (TKR) per year and follows up with almost 700 patients who had a TKR with Drs Parker, Coolican or Fritsch. SORI has focused on a number of different ways to improve TKR procedures in order to increase accuracy and reduce post-operative pain.

Total Knee Replacements

Pain: Researchers at SORI have analysed the correlation between intra-operative anaesthesia choice and short-term post-operative pain, as measured by patient self-reporting.

Rehabilitation: Researchers at SORI are currently tracking the progress of nearly 200 patients followed out to one year post-TKR surgery. This randomised control trial examines whether playing active games on a Nintendo Wii can positively impact rehabilitation post knee replacement compared to traditional home exercises.

Tibial baseplate fixation: During a TKR there are several different methods to fix the tibial baseplate the tibia (lower leg).We are currently tracking a large group of patients analysing three different methods: cemented to the tibia, screwed, or uncemented. This randomised control trial will be ongoing for several years to come, examining patient outcomes and implant survival, as SORI will follow-up with patients up to 10 years post-surgery.

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