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What are the odds you'll need another surgery after you get an artificial knee?

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Nearly one out of 10 people end up needing to repair or replace their artificial knee. More than two-thirds of these operations are done within the first year, usually because the joint gets infected. Repeat surgeries that happen later more often involve a loose implant, which can be painful or can leave your knee unstable. Always keep a watch on your artificial joint. If you suddenly have pain, swelling, and trouble moving, call your surgeon.

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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