Are There Problems With Knee Replacement Surgery?

Possible Complications of Knee Replacement Surgery

No procedure is ever completely free of risks; however, total knee replacement surgery has been performed for many years with successful results and limited complications.
 
Minor complications are usually temporary, and are often easily treated by your healthcare providers. These minor complications can include:
 
  • Infection
  • Numbness around the incision area
  • Minor bleeding or bruising
  • Allergic skin reaction to tape, dressing, or latex
  • Abnormal or painful scar formation
  • Urinary tract infection.
     
Several major complications can also occur. These are uncommon; however, your overall health will play a role in your likelihood of developing any of these complications and how well you recover. For example, patients with severe heart disease, diabetes, lung, or kidney disease may have a higher chance of complications occurring than those who are healthier.
 
Depending on your individual situation, a major complication from knee replacement surgery may lead to a longer hospital stay, blood transfusion, a repeat surgery (including knee revision), or, in infrequent cases, permanent disability or even loss of life.
 
(Click Knee Replacement Surgery Complications for a closer look at this topic.)
 

Summary

Total knee replacement surgery is a commonly performed procedure for knee pain that is caused by wear and tear on your knee joint. The surgery is a safe procedure with limited complications.
 
With the recent advances in technology, the implanted joints last longer. When combined with physical therapy, the majority of patients have successful results and are generally satisfied with their outcome.
 
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