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Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Print version ISSN 0102-3616
CARVALHO JUNIOR, Lúcio Honório de et al. Tourniquet versus no tourniquet use in knee videoarthroscopy: a multicentric, prospective, double-blind, randomized clinical trial. Rev. bras. ortop. [online]. 2010, vol.45, n.5, pp. 415-417. ISSN 0102-3616. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-36162010000500007.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if by using a pressure sensitive pump, tourniquet use could affect surgical time, range of motion recovery, and joint volume in patients who underwent knee arthroscopy for medial partial meniscectomy. METHODS: Two groups of 103 patients operated in five different centers by seven different surgeons were evaluated after a random selection to use or not use a pneumatic tourniquet. The variables were evaluated during surgery and seven days post-operation. RESULTS: No statistically significant differences were found among any of the variables studied. CONCLUSION: There is no reason to justify or disapprove tourniquet use in this specific situation.
Keywords : Surgery; Arthroscopy; Tourniquets.