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Complications of total knee replacement 

Complications of total knee replacement
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Complications of total knee replacement
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Bryn Jones

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.008007
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date: 13 December 2019

81–89% overall patient satisfaction following total knee replacement

1 in 8 patients experience unexplained postoperative pain

Obesity, increasing age, and medical comorbidities increase the risk of postoperative complications

Prosthetic infection rate at 1 year is 1–2%

Preoperative range of movement often determines postoperative range

Low risk of acute vascular event and neurological and ligamentous injury

Duration and method of venous thromboprophylaxis remains controversial

Periprosthetic femoral and tibial fractures require stabilisation. Fixation of periprosthetic patella fractures is not recommended

New surgical techniques and innovations require long term evaluation.

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