Caring for a TKR wound – especially if bleeding occurs – (Posted late on 12/13 from 12/09)

According to the website http://www.healthline.com/health/total-knee-replacement-surgery/risks-complications#1, surgeons use sutures or staples to close the wound after a TKR (total knee replacement) surgery is completed. These closure devices are typically removed about two weeks after the procedure.

What you need to realize is that even though this type of surgery is considered to be an everyday type procedure now, once in a while, there are some potential complications that ere their ugly head. When you understand these risks, you can better explain them to your client, thus, once again showing them that With Age Comes Respect. The complications include:

  • Wounds may sometimes be slow to heal and bleeding complications can occur for several days following surgery. The hospital staff will monitor your wound during the time you are there. Blood thinners can contribute to problems. The surgeon might need to reopen the wound and drain fluid.
  • You could also experience a Baker’s cyst, which is a buildup of fluid behind the knee. This may require draining with a needle to remove the fluid.
  • If the skin does not heal properly, you might need a skin graft.

Many elders fear surgery; they fear the unknown. By knowing as much as you possibly can, you can help relieve their fears and help them concentrate on a better, less painful future!

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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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