Knee Joint Replacement (cont.)
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Follow your orthopedist's recommended schedule of visits and physical therapy. If emergency problems arise, go to an emergency department and then follow up with your orthopedist. The emergency doctor may contact your orthopedist during your emergency department visit to discuss and coordinate care. He or she may take X-rays or blood tests to help with your evaluation.
Prevention involves proper use of the new joint.
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. Most replaced knee joints continue to work 10 years after surgery.
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/23/2015
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