- The risk of post-operative infection is relatively low, but in the chance that it happens, it can be detrimental to the healing of your knee and your ability to get back to an active lifestyle.
- Knee replacement can cause blood clots. Unfortunately, those blood clots can travel into the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism, resulting in shortness of breath and chest pain.
- Complications from anesthesia, while also unlikely, can result in other health issues beyond the knee.
- As a result of a knee replacement, joint movement can be decreased. It takes a huge toll on the body and depending on the type of physical rehabilitation completed after surgery, patients can experience extreme stiffness and never regain their full range of motion.
- Patients can experience prolonged swelling following a knee replacement. Over-use of the joint can result in fluid collection in the knee, making it uncomfortable to bend.
Knee pain can be debilitating, and it should be handled as soon as possible. Depending on where you seek treatment, you may be recommended pain management (including the use of prescription medications), a rehabilitative program like our OsteoArthritis Treatment Program, or even a large procedure like a knee replacement. There are some circumstances in which a knee replacement is advised, but we’ve found so much success in our OsteoArthritis of the Knee Program that we recommend completing at least one 8-week round of treatment before reconsidering a knee replacement. Knee replacements can have some potentially negative side effects so it’s important to spend time making your decision, getting second opinions and weighing the pros and cons. Here are some of the risks associated with a total knee replacement: