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How to avoid Infection after Knee Replacement?

11-23-2018 03:01 PM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Phoenix Shoulder & Knee

Significant advances in technology and medicine have made it possible for most knee replacements to be successful. However, in a few cases, infection is possible. This is why it is important for patients, scheduled for knee replacement surgery, to be aware of the possibility, prevention and signs of infection so that they can be prepared in advance.

Here are a few things to consider about knee replacement surgeries and infections.

Risks

After a knee replacement surgery, the probability of infection is about 1 out of 100 cases. However, if an infection develops, there can be serious complications. Most infections occur in the first 2 years after surgery, but anyone who undergoes knee replacement is always at risk for an infection.

Symptoms

Some itching and swelling at the site of surgery is normal within the first few months after the surgery. Your doctor would discuss with you what you can expect before and after a knee replacement surgery, including the recovery period. If you feel that you are not recovering as expected, an infection could have developed. Remember that severe swelling, high fever, chills, smelly drainage, and excessive pain are signs that an infection may have developed in the repaired knee.

What to do

If you witness any signs of an infection in your knee, you need to seek treatment quickly. This will help your doctor take necessary action to prevent the infection from spreading and becoming worse and save you from unnecessary pain and discomfort.

Although you may be tempted to take care of an infection on your own, it’s best to seek your surgeon’s help and opinion to determine the best course of action.

If the infection has not yet spread, your doctor would prescribe antibiotics but for deeper infections, surgery might be required to remove the infected implant, clean the area and place a new implant.

Prevention

To prevent an infection in your knee –

• Keep your surgical area clean.
• Infections from other parts of your body can reach your knees too. A common way infection develops is a dental issue that is left untreated. So, consult your dentist before your knee replacement procedure, to treat any cavities or other dental issues before you go for a knee replacement.

Although infections after joint replacement are rare, they can still be quite complicated. If you have any questions on how to avoid an infection or how to allow your knee to heal completely, do not hesitate to ask your orthopedic surgeon immediately.

To learn more about total knee replacement and other knee arthritis treatments, call one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Phoenix AZ, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee at 480-219-3342.

Phoenix Shoulder & Knee
1215 W Rio Salado Parkway
Suite 105, Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 219-3342

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