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Chances are, your knee implant will almost always set off the airport metal detector. That can trigger a hand pat-down screening by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent. If the security checkpoint has a full-body scanner, you can go through that instead. You may still be searched a second time if the agents think they see something suspicious on the screen. You can print and carry a small TSA notification card to let the agent know you have an artificial knee. You also can speed things up by wearing clothes that easily let you reveal your surgical scar.

From: 7 Things to Know About Your New Knee WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “A Nation in Motion,” “Total Knee Replacement.”

American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons: “Resuming Sports After Knee Replacement,” “Will my artificial joint set off airport security metal detectors?”

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center: “Knee Replacement Exercise Booklet.”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “About Total Knee Replacement.”

Arthritis Research UK: “How Long Will the New Knee Joint Last?”

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research : “Pain Relief and Functional Improvement Remain 20 Years After Knee Arthroplasty.”

Transportation Security Administration: “Disabilities and Medical Conditions.”

American Dental Association: “Antibiotic Prophylaxis Prior to Dental Procedures.”

American Joint Replacement Registry: “Annual Report 2016.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Revision Total Knee Replacement: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).”

Journal of the American Dental Association : “Providing clarity on evidence-based prophylactic guidelines for prosthetic joint infections.”

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “A Nation in Motion,” “Total Knee Replacement.”

American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons: “Resuming Sports After Knee Replacement,” “Will my artificial joint set off airport security metal detectors?”

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center: “Knee Replacement Exercise Booklet.”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “About Total Knee Replacement.”

Arthritis Research UK: “How Long Will the New Knee Joint Last?”

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research : “Pain Relief and Functional Improvement Remain 20 Years After Knee Arthroplasty.”

Transportation Security Administration: “Disabilities and Medical Conditions.”

American Dental Association: “Antibiotic Prophylaxis Prior to Dental Procedures.”

American Joint Replacement Registry: “Annual Report 2016.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Revision Total Knee Replacement: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).”

Journal of the American Dental Association : “Providing clarity on evidence-based prophylactic guidelines for prosthetic joint infections.”

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

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