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Knee Joint Replacement (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

Follow your prescribed physical therapy program carefully to rehabilitate your new knee joint.

Because your total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a substitute (prosthetic) device, it can become infected when bacteria enter the blood. Doctors commonly prescribe antibiotics when you have other surgery, such as dental work, invasive tests, or surgery elsewhere on your body.

Knee Joint Replacement Treatment

  • If you have broken a bone, the doctor will first immobilize your leg and then may repair the break surgically.
  • If your knee replacement is worn and slipping, you likely will be given pain relievers until an orthopedist can determine if the knee joint prosthesis should be replaced.
  • Infection in the joint calls for antibiotics, washing out the joint, and often replacing the joint.
  • Doctors will reset any dislocation promptly to decrease the chance of damage to nerves or blood vessels.
  • A confirmed clot is treated with anticlotting agents such as heparin (Hep-Lock, Liquaemin) or enoxaparin (Lovenox).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/23/2015

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