Total knee arthroplasty in patients with severe haemophiliaFehily, .M., Fleming, .P., O'Shea, .E. et al.
We reviewed the perioperative records of haemophiliac patients who underwent total knee replacement (TKR) over the period 1990–1999 and followed up the surviving patients. Nine knees were replaced in eight patients. Seven of the nine patients did not require blood transfusion. Mean perioperative haemoglobin drop was 2.9 g/dl. There were no significant complications. All surviving patients (eight TKRs) were reviewed clinically using a standard scoring system. The mean follow-up period was 51 months. All patients scored excellent (>90/100) in the functional category. The frequency of haemarthroses fell significantly from the rate experienced prior to TKR, and pain scores were zero.