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What are the major risks with replacement surgery?

Most surgeries go well, without any complications. But you should know- Infection and blood clots are two serious complications that concern us greatly. To avoid these complications, we use antibiotics and blood thinners respectively. We also take special precautions in the operating room to reduce risk of infections. It is important that you understand that the risk of getting an infection can never be eliminated completely and some patients do get infections. In addition, although the chance of a joint replacement infection is very small, it can occur even many years after surgery if you develop an infection elsewhere in your body and the infecting agent travels to your joint. Blood clots forming in the legs after surgery are serious as they can break off and float to your lungs which can in rare instances be fatal. Great effort is made to get you up walking immediately after surgery and to get you on a blood thinner, Coumadin, to try to prevent the formation of a blood clot. Although not fool proof, this combination of precautions is the best known way to minimize your risks against blood clots forming or ending up in your lungs. The most common complicating event is the development of joint stiffness after surgery. This is why we employ an aggressive physical therapy program immediately after surgery and for many weeks post-op. Occasionally a knee replacement needs manipulation if motion is not regained adequately. In addition, there is the possibility of persistent limp, permanent nerve and artery injury and significant blood loss. Although rare, stroke, heart attack and death have occurred with this surgery.

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