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Evaluation of Weight Bearing After Total Hip and Knee Replacement

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Verified August 2016 by Kantonsspital Münsterlingen
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First received: March 16, 2010
Last updated: August 30, 2016
Last verified: August 2016

The regime in the aftercare after total hip and knee arthroplasty(THA/TKA) differs a lot between orthopedic surgeons concerning weight bearing. The type of implant and the way of implants' anchoring are considered.

In the literature there is no data so far about the way patient take care of the recommended weight bearing during the first 6 weeks after THA and TKA.

Over a one year period starting August 2010 all patients undergoing TKA or THA at the investigators institution will have a technical device in their shoes (sole) to measure the load in each step they do in these shoes during the first 6 weeks. Patients are asked to fill out a standardised pain protocol every day (VAS) and document need of pain medication. The investigators recommend 20kg of weight on the operated leg for 6 weeks and full weight bearing at the end of week six.

The investigators believe that patients will adjust weight bearing to their level of pain and not to their surgeons recommendations.

Arthropathy of Hip Arthropathy of Knee

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation of Weight Bearing in Patients After Total Hip and Knee Replacement

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Further study details as provided by Kantonsspital Münsterlingen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • full weight bearing allowed and accomplished end of 6th week [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    full weight bearing allowed and accomplished, documented by special soles with an electronic device, which will record weight bearing continuously on an USB stick

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • pain under partial weight bearing (recommended) [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Patients will have a official standardised pain diary and should document their pain and need of analgetics according to instructions given (VAS, "Schweizer Krebsliga") at least on a daily basis.

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: November 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
All patients receiving TKA/THA meeting inclusion but not exclusion criteria


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
all patients receiving TKA or THA at our institution between August 2010 and August 2011

Inclusion Criteria:

  • received a THA or TKA in the mentioned period of time
  • is able to walk on crutches
  • is able to understand our recommendations
  • signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • not able to walk on crutches
  • not able to understand our recommendations
  • other deformities of lower limbs
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01135160

Contact: Martin Blay, Dr. med. +41-71-686-2030
Contact: Michael Schüler, Dr. med. +41-71-686-2030 michael.schü

Kantonsspital Münsterlingen Recruiting
Münsterlingen, Thurgau, Switzerland, 8596
Contact: Martin Blay, Dr. med.    +41-71-686-2030   
Principal Investigator: Michael Schueler, Dr. med.         
Sub-Investigator: Martin Blay, Dr. med.         
Sub-Investigator: Lars Edelman         
Sub-Investigator: Jaqueline Fust, Dr. med.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Kantonsspital Münsterlingen
Principal Investigator: Michael Schueler, Dr. med. Chief of the department for orthopedic surgery Kantonsspital Münsterlingen, Schweiz
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kantonsspital Münsterlingen Identifier: NCT01135160     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: KSM 2010-1
Study First Received: March 16, 2010
Last Updated: August 30, 2016

Keywords provided by Kantonsspital Münsterlingen:
weight bearing
total hip arthroplasty
total knee arthroplasty
weight bearing after TKA or THA

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017