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2020 Feb 19




Osteoarthritis Preoperative Package for care of Orthotics, Rehabilitation, Topical and oral agent Usage and Nutrition to Improve ouTcomes at a Year (OPPORTUNITY); a feasibility study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.


Simpson HARW, Bell-Higgs A, Conaghan PG, Craig P, Hamilton DF, Hankey C, Keerie C, Kingsbury SR, Kinsella E, Leeds AR, Norrie J, Pandit HG, Ross HM, Simpson S A, Tuck C
Trials. 2020 Feb 19; 21(1):209.
PMID: 32075663.


Patients' pre-operative health and physical function is known to influence their post-operative outcomes. In patients with knee osteoarthritis, pharmacological and non-pharmacological options are often not optimised prior to joint replacement. This results in some patients undergoing surgery when they are not as fit as they could be. The aim of this study is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a pre-operative package of non-operative care versus standard care prior to joint replacement.