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Modern techniques in total knee arthroplasty

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 01 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7743
  1. James Gillespie, specialty registrar in trauma and orthopaedics
  1. 1Forth Valley Royal Infirmary, UK
  1. james.gillespie{at}

Total knee arthroplasty or replacement is a common elective orthopaedic operation. It is usually performed for osteoarthritis and uses metal to replace the articular surfaces of the tibia and femur.

When a senior orthopaedic trainee demonstrates a good understanding of the principles behind this procedure, he or she is gradually allowed to perform this surgery under supervision. This course reassures trainees, and their consultants, that they have understood why the surgery is performed as well as how it is performed.

The course is run by the medical education department of Depuy, a Johnson and Johnson company. The topics discussed are generic and are not specific to any particular type of implant.

Who is it for?

This two day course is for trainees in orthopaedic surgery and would suit any trainee who is getting exposure to elective knee arthroplasty clinics and theatre.

There were 40 people on the course I attended. Although it is aimed at specialty doctors and specialty trainees in their third year and above, there were some core trainees present.

When did you do it?

This two day course …

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