Tourniquet Less Robotic Total Knee Replacement

What is a Tourniquet?

The use of a tourniquet (pressure cuff on the leg) has been routine practice for many Orthopaedic Surgeons to provide a blood less field. Recently a trend towards doing knee replacement surgery without the use of a tourniquet has been increasing.

Benefits of Tourniquet-less Surgery

  • Less pain
  • Less use of strong pain medications (opiates)
  • Better quadriceps function
  • Less major complications
    • Infection
    • Blood clots (DVT / PE)
    • Re operation


A link to the Cochrane Review summarising the benefits of Tourniquet-less Total Knee Replacement Surgery can be found here

Tourniquet Less Total Knee Replacement