Complications Following Surgery

Just like any surgical procedure, knee replacement surgery can have complications. Complications are more likely to occur when having a total knee replacement than a partial knee replacement. Some of these complications occur because of the surgery itself. Others occur because of a faulty implant. If the person has chronic illnesses, the risk of complications increases. For example, a person with sleep apnea — a sleep disorder that causes a person to have pauses in breathing while asleep — has a higher in-hospital mortality risk following joint replacement surgery. If the person has revision surgery, the risk of complications rises.

Common complications include:
Blood clots Nerve damage
Poor joint mobility Different leg lengths

More serious complications like joint infection occur in less than 2 percent of patients. Infection is considered one of the most serious complications that can occur after surgery. When organisms enter the wound during surgery, they can attach to the prosthesis and are difficult to kill with antibiotics. Symptoms of early joint infection include pain and swelling in the joint, a leaking wound and fever. The implant may have to be removed to cure treat the infection. Other serious conditions such as heart attack or stroke occur rarely. Complications can also arise if the implant fails and causes loosening of the joint.

If you or a loved one has had problems after knee replacement, Contact us today for a free legal case consultation and evaluation. Joel A. Nash, Esq. (216) 691-3000