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!