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What possible problems should I expect after knee replacement surgery?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Most knee replacement operations go smoothly, but problems can come up. Blood clots may form around your knee. To prevent this, you will be given blood-thinning drugs. Infection is another threat. You will be given antibiotics to help fight infection. In addition, you'll be shown how to take care of the incision to help avoid infection. Dislocating your new knee (knocking it out of position) is a big concern for the first few weeks. During this time you need to use your crutches, walker, or cane and be careful to avoid tripping or falling.

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