Revista Cubana de Ortopedia y Traumatología
On-line version ISSN 1561-3100
DE CARDENAS CENTENO, Orlando M. et al. Presentation of a protocol for total knee arthroplasty. Rev Cubana Ortop Traumatol [online]. 2008, vol.22, n.2, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1561-3100.
A work protocol is a methodological guide of good medical practice based on the preparation and creation of a referential document that standardizes the clinical and research patterns and the procedures that are used for total knee arthroplasty in the treatment of degenerative knee orteoarthropaties. The main objective of this protocol is to foster and develop total knee arthroplasty in Cuba. To this end, a prospective linear, informational and descriptive study was carried out. This document allows evaluating the results; it may be included in the care program for patients. Also, it serves to register and control total knee arthrosplasty. The experience applied to a sample of 259 patients (280 cases of total knee arthroplasty) and the assessed satisfactory results have encouraged the continuity of this work. This protocol has had favourable impact on many scientific, social and economic aspects, with good cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis that are related to better quality of life of patients.
Keywords : Total knee arthroplasty; protocol; knee; degenerative osteoarthropaty.