What is the risk of an infection after TKR? – (Posted late on 12/05 from 12/04)

First and foremost you should know and then relate to your elderly clients that Total Knee Replacements (TKR) are routine; there is very little risk for infection after this type of surgery. If your client has surgery via computer, the risk is even lower. In fact, statistics show that only 1.8% of people having TKR surgery will actually develop an infection – even up to 90 days post-surgery.

There is always a risk, however. That is because the knee joint is totally exposed during the surgical procedure. That is why the surgeon and their team takes serious measures in order to prevent any type of infection in your client. Some of those measures include:

  • Hospitals typically use special air filters for surgical rooms that limit particles in the air.
  • Surgeons and their assistants follow a strict procedure of “scrubbing in” and dressing in protective wear in order to meet sterility standards of the operating room.
  • The surgical instruments and the implants themselves are all sterilized before they enter the operating room.
  • The doctor will also likely prescribe antibiotics before, during, and after the operation to help prevent infection.

Since you are showing your client that With Age Comes Respect by studying up and calculating each part of the surgery and the risks that they may have, your clients will trust you more and more. They will know that you are definitely on their side!

About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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