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NIH convenes Consensus Development Conference on Total Knee Replacement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Program will hold a Consensus Development Conference on Total Knee Replacement December 8-10, 2003 in the main auditorium of the William H. Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. A news conference at 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 will conclude the meeting.

Each year, approximately 300,000 total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries are performed in the United States for severe arthritis of the knee joint. As the number of TKR surgeries performed each year increases and the indications for TKR extend to younger patients, a review of available scientific information is necessary to enhance clinical decisionmaking and stimulate further research.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the National Institutes of Health Office of Medical Applications of Research are sponsoring a consensus development conference to explore and assess the current scientific knowledge regarding TKR. Specifically, the conference will address the following key questions:

  • 1. What are the current indications and outcomes for primary TKR?
  • 2. How do specific characteristics of the patient, material and design of the prosthesis, and surgical factors affect the short-term and long-term outcomes of primary TKR?
  • 3. Are there important perioperative interventions that influence outcomes?
  • 4. What are the indications, approaches, and outcomes for revision TKR?
  • 5. What factors explain disparities in the utilization of TKR in different populations?
  • 6. What are the directions for future research?

During the first day and part of the second day of the conference, experts will present the latest TKR research findings to the independent consensus panel. After weighing all of the scientific evidence, the p
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Contact: Kelli Marciel
301-496-4819
NIH/National Institutes of Health
1-Dec-2003


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