Can Knees be Forgotten 2 Years After Total Knee Arthroplasty?
Keywords:Total Knee Arthroplasty, patient reported outcome measure, Forgotten Joint Score - FJS, Oxford Knee Score - OKS, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index - WOMAC
There have been multiple ways to measure outcomes post total knee arthroplasty. Ultimate goal is to replicate a natural joint to allow patients to perform most activities of daily living and give high satisfaction rates. Patient reported outcome measures (PROM) like Forgotten Joint Score (FJS), Oxford Knee Score (OKS)and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) have been validated and used for evaluation of TKA patients. FJS helps to evaluate how natural a prosthesis feels post surgery. Our aim was to study how natural a joint felt or was forgotten 2 year after surgery and how FJS correlates with OKS and WOMAC scores.
Materials and Methods :
We evaluated 254 total knee replacements with minimum 2 year post TKA. All the patients who were at least 2 year post operative, completed FJS questionnaire where scores are ranged from 0-100; OKS questionnaire where scores are ranged between 0-48; Short – form WOMAC questionnaire where scores are ranged between 0-28. Correlation analysis was performed for FJS with OKS and short - form WOMAC scores.
254 patients with mean age of 65.01 years of which 83 males and 171 females were evaluated with minimum of 24 months follow up and average follow-up of 30.85 months. Average FJS, OKS and SF WOMAC were 77.24, 38.75 & 79.97 respectively. FJS showed good correlation with OKS and SF WOMAC scores.
FJS is an easy and equally effective outcome measure, which is valid and reliable like the other common well know measures like OKS and WOMAC. Patients experience a marked improvement in the FJS over the first two years. Patients in our series had good outcomes who had more natural feel of knees or a feeling of “forgotten knees” in their day to day activity after 2 years of surgery.
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