As I stipulated earlier, knee replacement surgeries have become the norm these days. Hundreds of thousands of these surgeries have been performed since 2009 and the Agency of Research and Quality (AHRQ) is predicting that millions of these surgeries will be performed by the year 2030. The best thing is that not only are people getting quality of life back, but they really do not have to fear any serious complications down the road.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), it is believed that less than two percent of patients having knee replacement surgery will have any type of serious complication to deal with. This fact will help you when you speak with your clients about a surgery they can potentially have.
Although risks are low, as a caregiver, it is still wise to be on top of things for your clients. By discussing with them the best way to avoid complications, you are showing them that With Age Comes Respect.
Samuel Greengard posted an article on Healthline this past February stating the following mortality rates for total knee replacement or TKR:
- 30 day mortality rate: 99.96 percent of patients will survive treatment.
- One year mortality rate: 99 percent survived.
- Five year mortality rate: 90 percent were still alive.
- Ten year mortality rate: 84 percent were still living.
This data is so important and will help your clients feel so much better about their choice for total knee replacement surgery!