Prior to choosing surgery patient’s ask “What are complications associated with a joint replacement surgery?” While many complications are infrequent, there are still a few to be on the look out for.
Infection of a total joint replacement will occur in 1 out of every 200 patients (.5%). While this number is low, it can occur. It can be a difficult problem to resolve and many times will need additional surgeries to remove the infection. In some cases, we will actually remove the old implant for a temporary period of time then and later replace it with a new implant. Obviously the best way to treat an infection is to prevent it.
Blood clot formation or thrombophlebitis or deep venous thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in one of the deep veins of the leg. This is a common complication that occurs despite all the methods of prevention. There are multiple ways to prevent this. One way is to put all patients on blood thinners throughout your hospital stay. We will choose which medication dependent upon your medical history. The type of blood thinners we commonly use include aspirin, coumadin, lovenox, and xarelto. We also encourage patients to be diligent while completing physical therapy as activity is a great source of prevention of blood clots.