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Knee Replacement Surgery - Complications

Complications of knee replacement surgery include failure of prosthesis, infection, deep vein thrombosis and injury to nerves or blood vessels.

Complications of knee replacement surgery are more common in older patients and those suffering from other illnesses including obesity. These include

Failure of implant which may require repeat surgery. It may occur due to wearing out of the prosthesis or loosening off of the components. Surgeons with experience show a higher success rate compared to those who perform rarer knee replacement surgeries.

Delayed healing of wound

Infection. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity and those taking corticosteroids may be at increased risk of infection

Deep vein thrombosis. Clots may form in the deep veins. These could travel via the blood into the lungs and lead to a life threatening condition called pulmonary embolism. They could also travel to the heart and result in a heart attack. Blood thinners may be administered during surgery to patients who are at a very high risk of suffering from deep vein thrombosis

Pneumonia

Fracture of the knee cap

Instability, stiffness and malalignment of the knee joint

Injury to the nerves or blood vessels

Anemia due to blood loss that may need blood transfusion

Difficulty in squatting or kneeling, numbness near the surgical scar, and mechanical noises from the knee

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A total knee replacement replaces your diseased knee joint and eliminates the damaged bearing surfaces that are causing you pain. The design of the implant offers you renewed stability and minimizes the wear process. Overall there are three benefits from your knee replacement:

Elimination of pain
Improved motion
Minimum wear and tear

Total knee replacement offers the greatest quality of life improvement of all operations. It has one of the highest success rates and one of the best outcomes.

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Computer navigation can improve the results of the surgery. This is done 3 dimensionally using computer, cameras, x-ray images to reconstruct the anatomy and then calculating the depth etc. It makes the surgery more precise and safe.

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