Knee Surg Relat Res.  2015 Mar;27(1):24-33. 10.5792/ksrr.2015.27.1.24.

Patients Still Wish for Key Improvements after Total Knee Arthroplasty

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chamjoen Hospital, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Bundang, Korea.


Our goals were to rigorously document and explore the interrelationships of various parameters in the aftermath of total knee arthroplasty (TKA), including patient characteristics, clinical scores, satisfaction levels, and patient-perceived improvements.
A questionnaire addressing sociodemographic factors, levels of satisfaction, and "wished-for" improvements was administered to 180 patients at least 1 year post primary TKA. Both satisfaction levels and wished-for improvements were assessed through nine paired parameters. Patients responded using an 11-point visual analogue scale (VAS) and the results were summarized as mean VAS score. Correlations between clinical scores and satisfaction levels and between satisfaction levels and desired improvements were analyzed.
Patient satisfaction levels were only modest (mean score, 4-7) for eight of the nine parameters, including pain relief and restoration of daily living activities, the top two ranked parameters in wished-for improvement while high-flexion activity constituted the top source of discontent. Wished-for improvement was high in seven parameters, the top three being restoration of daily living activities, pain relief, and high-flexion activity. The effects of sociodemographic factors on satisfaction levels and wished-for improvement varied. Satisfaction levels correlated positively with functional outcomes, and satisfaction in pain relief and restoration of daily living activities correlated more often and most strongly with clinical scores.
Following TKA, patient satisfaction is not high for a number of issues, with improvements clearly needed in restoring daily living activities and relieving pain. Continued efforts to achieve better surgical outcomes should address patient-perceived shortcomings.


Knee; Arthroplasty; Patient satisfaction; Improvement
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