But as good as the results can be, knee replacement is major surgery, and as such, there are certain risks and expectations that must be recognized. As with any major surgical procedure, patients who undergo total joint replacement are at risk for certain complications, the vast majority of which can be successfully avoided or treated. In fact, the complication rate following joint replacement surgery is very low. Serious complications, such as joint infection, occur in less than 2% of patients.1 Other possible complications include blood clots and lung congestion, or pneumonia. Talk to your doctor for a complete assessment of the potential risks.
Life After Knee Replacement
The vast majority of individuals who have joint replacement surgery experience a dramatic reduction in joint pain and a significant improvement in their ability to participate in the activities of daily living. However, joint replacement surgery will not allow you to do more than you could before joint problems developed. Your doctor will recommend the most appropriate level of activity following joint replacement surgery.
1. Hanssen, A.D., et al., ‘Evaluation and Treatment of Infection at the
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