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Complications of total knee replacement

Bryn Jones

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.008007

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Complications of total knee replacement

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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.

Chapter.  4558 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

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