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Common Complications and Risks of Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery can help people with a serious injury or underlying medical condition ease pain or increase mobility. But like other operations, it may have some possible side effects. Read on this article to learn more about some common risks and complications of knee replacement surgery.

Blood Clots

Blood clots are a common complication after or during many types of surgery, especially orthopedic procedures like knee replacements. Symptoms tend to occur within two weeks. In this case, you may have to stay in the hospital for supervision. If blood clots remain in your legs, the risk is quite small. Nevertheless, when they dislodge and travel to other parts, such as lungs or hearts, it may lead to more serious complications. To reduce the risk, you would take blood-thinning medications or try some effective techniques, such as calf pumps, support stockings, leg raising, or lower leg exercises. [1]