What will my incision look like after knee replacement surgery?

Kelly J. Hendricks, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
After knee replacement surgery, you will have swelling and redness around your knee incision. There should be no drainage from the incision after the first day.
Watch orthopedic surgeon Umesh Bhagia, MD from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center explain the location, size and closure technique of an incision for minimally invasive knee replacement surgery.
Paul A. Toogood, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
In this video Paul Toogood, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, explains what to expect in the first couple of weeks following knee replacement surgery, along with the techniques used to close the incision. 
Travis M. Hendry, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Your knee replacement surgery incision will be closed with a suture that is beneath the skin and covered with steri-strips. Some surgeons use staples. It will be wrapped in a bulky dressing. You may have an ice pack put over it to reduce swelling. You may also have a drain to remove fluids from your incision. While you're in the hospital, a nurse will check your incision every day.

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