Last updated on March 2018

Effect of Suction Drains in Total Knee Arthroplasty With Tranexamic Acid

Brief description of study

Problem Suction drains during TKA present certain costs to the health system and requires additional nursing care. There is no clear evidence that supports their use, and no studies so far have compared blood loss in patients with or without drains when TA is administered during TKA.

Hypothesis During total knee arthroplasty, the postoperative blood loss, measured by hemoglobin level, will be lower when no drains are used.


  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Monocentric, 3 surgeons
  • Randomisation by sealed envelopes

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03145493

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Frédéric Lavoie, MD MSc FRCSC

Centre Hospitalier de l'Universit de Montr al (CHUM)
Montreal, QC Canada
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