Knee Replacement
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Knee Replacement?

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This is done if you have pain and stiffness in the knee joint that limits activities. Before surgery, other measures are tried, such as:

  • Rest
  • Medicines
  • Physical activity

Knee replacement surgery is most often done to:

  • Ease knee pain and disability due to arthritis or previous severe knee injury
  • Correct a knee deformity (eg, knee bows in or out)

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a knee replacement, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive swelling or bleeding
  • Injury to nearby nerves or blood vessels
  • Anesthesia-related problems

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • Obesity
  • Current infection
  • Diabetes
  • Taking steroid medicine

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling,...