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BACKGROUND: Revision knee replacement (KR) is both challenging for the surgical team and expensive for the healthcare provider. Limited high quality evidence is available to guide decision-making. AIM: To provide guidelines for surgeons and units delivering revision KR services. METHODS: A formal consensus process was followed by BASK's Revision Knee Working Group, which included surgeons from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This was supported by analysis of National Joint Registry data. RESULTS: There are a large number of surgeons operating at NHS sites who undertake a small number of revision KR procedures. To optimise patient outcomes and deliver cost-effective care high-volume revision knee surgeons working at high volume centres should undertake revision KR. This document outlines practice guidelines for units providing a revision KR service and sets out: The current landscape of revision KR in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Service organisation within a network model. The necessary infrastructure required to provide a sustainable revision service. Outcome metrics and auditable standards. Financial mechanisms to support this service model. CONCLUSIONS: Revision KR patients being treated in the NHS should be provided with the best care available. This report sets out a framework to both guide and support revision KR surgeons and centres to achieve this aim.

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353 - 364


Arthroplasty, Guidelines, Infection, Knee, Revision, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee, Decision Making, Shared, Delphi Technique, Humans, Patient Care Team, Patient Education as Topic, Patient Outcome Assessment, Referral and Consultation, Regional Medical Programs, Reimbursement Mechanisms, Reoperation, State Medicine, United Kingdom