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Knee Joint Replacement (cont.)

How Can One Prevent Problems With a Knee Joint Replacement?

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.

What Is the Prognosis for a 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.


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Last Reviewed 11/20/2017

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