Total Knee replacement is indicated for joint disease resulting from degenerative, rheumatoid and post-traumatic arthritis and for moderate deformity.
It is not indicated for those with infection, compromised bone stock, skeletal immaturity, and severe instability of the knee, mental or neuromuscular disease.
Like any surgery, knee replacement surgery has risks which include, but are not limited to, infection, nerve damage, blood clots, reaction to anesthesia, heart attack, blood loss, stroke, and pneumonia.
Implant related risk which may lead to a revision of the knee implant include wear of the implant, reaction to particle debris in the joint, dislocation, fracture, loosening and metal sensitivity.
The information presented is for educational purposes only. Speak to your doctor to decide if joint replacement surgery is right for you. Individual results vary and not all patients will receive the same postoperative activity level. The lifetime of a joint replacement is not infinite and varies with each individual. Your doctor will help counsel you about how to best maintain your activities in order to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device. Such strategies include not engaging in high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.
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