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Knee Joint Replacement (cont.)

Medical 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 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 3/18/2013

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