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We explored the outcome of staged bilateral total knee replacement (TKR) for symmetrical degenerative joint disease and deformity in terms of patient expectations, functional outcome and satisfaction. From 2009 to 2011, 70 consecutive patients (41 female) with a mean age of 71.7 years (43 to 89) underwent 140 staged bilateral TKRs at our institution, with a mean time between operations of 7.8 months (2 to 25). Patients were assessed preoperatively and at six and 12 months post-operatively using the Short Form-12, Oxford knee score (OKS), expectation questionnaire and satisfaction score. The pre-operative OKS was significantly worse before the first TKR (TKR1), but displayed significantly greater improvement than that observed after the second TKR (TKR2). Expectation level increased from TKR1 to TKR2 in 17% and decreased in 20%. Expectations of pain relief and stair-climbing were less before TKR2; in contrast, expectations of sporting and social activities were greater. Decreased expectations of TKR2 were significantly associated with younger age and high expectations before TKR1. Patient satisfaction was high for both TKR1 (93%) and TKR2 (87%) but did not correlate significantly within individuals. We concluded that satisfaction with one TKR does not necessarily translate to satisfaction following the second.
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