Results of Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty in Jehovah's Witness Patients

Steven F. Harwin, Kimona Issa, Qais Naziri, Aaron J. Johnson, Michael A. Mont

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Total knee arthroplasty can be challenging in Jehovah's Witnesses, as these patients do not accept blood transfusions. We reported our experiences with a special blood management protocol for these patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty. There were 124 self-reported Jehovah's Witnesses who had a mean age of 64 years and who underwent total knee arthroplasties between 1998 and 2009. Mean follow-up was 60 months (range, 24-120 months). Implant survivorship, with revision for aseptic component failure as an end point, was 98%. At the final follow-up, mean Knee Society objective and function score improved to 91and 81 points, respectively. The authors believe that this blood management protocol was responsible for performing safe and transfusion-free total knee arthroplasties that can ultimately lead to excellent outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-55
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Blood transfusion
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Outcome
  • Survivorship
  • Total knee arthroplasty


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