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This prospective study describes the complications and survival of the first 688 Phase 3 Oxford medial unicompartmental knee replacements implanted using a minimally-invasive technique by two surgeons and followed up independently. None was lost to follow-up. We had carried out 132 of the procedures more than five years ago. The clinical assessment of 101 of these which were available for review at five years is also presented. Nine of the 688 knees were revised: four for infection, three for dislocation of the bearing and two for unexplained pain. A further seven knees (1%) required other procedures: four had a manipulation under anaesthesia, two an arthroscopy and one a debridement for superficial infection. The survival rate at seven years was 97.3% (95% confidence interval 5.3). At five years, 96% of the patients had a good or excellent American Knee Society score, the mean Oxford knee score was 39 and the mean flexion was 133 degrees. This study demonstrates that the minimally-invasive Oxford unicompartmental knee replacement is a reliable and effective procedure.

Original publication




Journal article


J bone joint surg br

Publication Date





54 - 60


Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee, Disease Progression, Female, Humans, Knee Joint, Knee Prosthesis, Male, Middle Aged, Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures, Osteoarthritis, Knee, Prospective Studies, Prosthesis Design, Prosthesis Failure, Prosthesis-Related Infections, Radiography, Range of Motion, Articular, Reoperation, Survival Analysis, Treatment Outcome