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AIMS: The aim of this to study was to compare the previously unreported long-term survival outcome of the Oxford medial unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) performed by trainee surgeons and consultants. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We therefore identified a previously unreported cohort of 1084 knees in 947 patients who had a UKA inserted for anteromedial knee arthritis by consultants and surgeons in training, at a tertiary arthroplasty centre and performed survival analysis on the group with revision as the endpoint. RESULTS: The ten-year cumulative survival rate for revision or exchange of any part of the prosthetic components was 93.2% (95% confidence interval (CI) 86.1 to 100, number at risk 45). Consultant surgeons had a nine-year cumulative survival rate of 93.9% (95% CI 90.2 to 97.6, number at risk 16). Trainee surgeons had a cumulative nine-year survival rate of 93.0% (95% CI 90.3 to 95.7, number at risk 35). Although there was no differences in implant survival between consultants and trainees (p = 0.30), there was a difference in failure pattern whereby all re-operations performed for bearing dislocation (n = 7), occurred in the trainee group. This accounted for 0.6% of the entire cohort and 15% of the re-operations. CONCLUSION: This is the largest single series of the Oxford UKA ever reported and demonstrates that good results can be achieved by a heterogeneous group of surgeons, including trainees, if performed within a high-volume centre with considerable experience with the procedure. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2016;(10 Suppl B):22-7.

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Journal article


Bone Joint J

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22 - 27


Arthroplasty, Knee, Partial, Survival, Trainee, Aged, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee, Clinical Competence, Consultants, Education, Medical, Graduate, England, Female, Humans, Knee Prosthesis, Life Tables, Male, Middle Aged, Osteoarthritis, Knee, Prosthesis Design, Prosthesis Failure, Reoperation, Survival Analysis, Tertiary Care Centers, Treatment Outcome