Surgery of any type has the potential for infection - including knee replacements. Bacteria can attach to and around the area of the new implants and present as a problem in the hospital, after going home and in some cases, many years later.
The most common symptom being the pain, but the implant may also lose attachment to the bone causing instability and loss of mobility.
The most common symptom being the pain - even when resting, but the implant may become stiff causing instability and loss of mobility. Other symptoms may present as: -
- High temperature
- Shaking and chills
- Swelling and redness around the site of the surgery
- Discharge from the site of the surgery
Your GP may conduct the following: -
- X-rays: to see loosening or a change in the position of the components
- MRI scan to help determine why your knee has failed and the condition of the bone
- Blood tests to see what infection you have or if you have a reaction to the metal components in your knee
The most common cause of the infection is from bacteria during surgery.
Revision knee surgery - Due to the nature of the revision surgery, you will complete a physical examination with your GP. You must be healthy enough to complete the procedure and the post-surgery recovery.
Chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, may require additional evaluation/testing before surgery.
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