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Surgical Checklist

Help building an international database of surgeons who treat arthrofibrosis

This will be used to identify clinicians whose treatments are based on our understanding of fibrosis pathology. Your contribution will be much appreciated and individual responses will not be published. Clinicians are welcome to complete the checklist themselves. Please understand that this international database will take time to build.

Surgical Checklist

If you’re planning surgery you may find it helpful to ask your surgeon this list of questions. The surgical methods used appear to make a difference to risk of fibrosis returning, however, there can never be a guarantee of success. See this summary of recommendations by experienced arthrofibrosis surgeon Dr Singleton.

Please note: This checklist for surgical approaches is not applicable to revision total knee replacements. The IAA encourages surgeons to avoid revision TKRs unless there are clearly identifiable problems with the prosthesis.

Are you:
Avoids standard use of mechanical shaver
Uses a cauterising tool
Avoids standard use of a tourniquet
Minimises surgical procedure (severity, duration, number of cuts)
Takes time to ensure bleeding has stopped before closing wound
Performs arthroscopy for AF post TKR
Recommends daily, gentle CPM post-op
Recommends gentle physiotherapy approaches post-op
Recommends anti-fibrosis and/or anti-inflammatory medications post-op
Are you willing to be contacted if we have a question?
Respectful, listens and responds well
PoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent
Demonstrates good post op care & instructions
PoorFairGoodVery goodExcellent

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