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Knee Joint Replacement (cont.)

What Are Treatment Options for Problems Incurred After Knee Joint Replacement?

  • 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).

Follow-up After a Knee Joint Replacement

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.

What Is the Recovery Time for Knee Joint Replacement?

Most people are back to knee full function in three to six months after knee joint replacement. Those who are diligent about postoperative physical therapy tend to do better.

What Is the Cost of Knee Joint Replacement?

The costs of total knee joint replacement vary greatly from state to state and region to region. Costs are directly related to varying insurance coverages.

Last Reviewed 11/20/2017

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