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Knee Replacement

What other medical procedures are done during knee replacement surgery?

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  • ATravis M. Hendry, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of Intermountain Healthcare
    In addition to your knee replacement surgery, a few other things may take place in the operating room:
    • The anesthesiologist may perform a regional block or place an epidural.                                         
    • Your doctor may insert a small flexible tube (called a Foley catheter) into your bladder to drain urine.
    • Your doctor may insert a drain to remove fluid near your incision.
    • Soft, mechanical pump devices may be placed around your feet or lower legs. These will help reduce the risk of blood clots forming in your legs.
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