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      Category : Health Centers > Bones, Joints, and Muscles

Knee Joint Replacement

Alternate Names : Total Knee Replacement, TKR, Total Knee Arthroplasty, Total Knee Joint Replacement

Knee Joint Replacement | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

By the time the person is ready to go home, he or she should be able to get around with a walker. People use a walker for 1 to 2 weeks, then use crutches, and then a cane. No walking aids are needed after 3 weeks to 2 months. Physical therapy may be continued after leaving the hospital.

Sometimes people need to go to a rehabilitation center after the hospital. There they can gain the independence they need to be able to get around at home. Recovery from knee joint replacement usually takes from 3 to 6 months.

About 90% of artificial knee joints last for 10 years, and 80% last for 20 years. This often depends on the person's activity level.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

There are complications with any surgery or anesthesia. These include bleeding, infection, and reactions to the anesthesia drugs. Other possible complications are urinary tract infections and blood clots in the leg or the lung. To prevent infection in the future, people will need to take antibiotics beforehand whenever they have any dental work done.

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Knee Joint Replacement: Preparation & Expectations


Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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