Knee Joint Replacement (cont.)
Prevention involves proper use of the new joint.
- You must follow the instructions given you in physical therapy.
- People with an unsteady gait who have a total knee arthroplasty (TKA) should consider using a cane or walker.
- You may be prescribed antibiotics if you have dental work or other surgery, although not all doctors uniformly endorse such antibiotic use.
Prognosis of Knee Joint Replacement
With proper care and rehabilitation, a total knee arthroplasty (TKA) may last 20 years or longer before you need a replacement. More than 85%-90% of replaced knee joints continue to work 10 years after surgery.
Klippel, J.H., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. New York: Springer, 2008.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/18/2013
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