This study compared outcomes as assessed by 12-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-12) and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) between patients who underwent unicompartmental (UKA) and patients who underwent total knee (TKA) arthroplasty. We prospectively collected preoperative demographic and SF-12 and WOMAC data on 128 TKAs and 70 UKAs. Postoperatively, SF-12 and WOMAC outcomes were recorded during annual follow-up visits. At baseline, patients who underwent UKA had a higher Charlson Comorbidity Index than patients who underwent TKA; otherwise, preoperative characteristics were similar. At a mean follow-up of 3.0 years for UKA and 2.9 years for TKA, patients who underwent UKA reported higher SF-12 physical component and mental component scores and WOMAC pain/stiffness/physical function scores (confirmed with multivariate analysis). Furthermore, patients who underwent UKA had significantly larger improvements in both SF-12 outcomes and WOMAC pain and physical function scores from baseline than did patients who underwent TKA.
- Pain and function
- Total knee arthroplasty
- Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine