The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 29, Issue 8, 1635 - 1638

Can Total Knee Arthroplasty Be Safely Performed Among Nonagenarians? An Evaluation of Morbidity and Mortality Within a Total Joint Replacement Registry

Miric, Alexander et al.
Hip Knee

As the nonagenarian patient population continues to grow, more patients aged 90 and over will become candidates for total knee arthroplasty (TKA). This study evaluated the patient characteristics and incidence of postoperative morbidity and mortality of 216 nonagenarian TKA patients among 81,835 primary TKA patients followed by a total joint replacement registry. Nonagenarians had a greater number of comorbidities preoperatively, experienced a higher rate of deep vein thrombosis and 30 day mortality, and had a longer hospital length of stay. However, nonagenarians did not have an increased risk of infection nor pulmonary embolism and postoperative mortality was within expected rates for individuals 90 years and older. Higher readmission rates, however, highlight the benefits of close follow up during a prolonged postoperative period.


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