More on stiffness and loss of motion – (Posted late on 12/13 from 12/12)

There is a possibility that other parts of the artificial knee that is implanted during TKR (total knee replacement) could potentially wear out or break. Even the polyethylene components can once in a while become faulty, although these occurrences are extremely rare; only about 0.7 percent of patients will experience mechanical complications during their hospital stay.

Of course more individuals will experience issues within weeks of TKR. Once the problem has been decided, your client may have to have follow-up surgery to correct the problem(s). This type of ‘fix-it’ surgery is called a revision surgery.

According to the experts on the website, revision surgery may be required for individuals that have other than mechanical failure, which include but are not limited to:

  • infection
  • continued pain
  • knee stiffness
  • wear
  • instability
  • loosening of the implant or mechanical components

Of course, the possibility of any of this becoming an issue is only 0.2 percent within 90 days. The rate does increase to 3.7 percent within 18 months of the surgery.

Be aware and watch for the issues; report them immediately to your client’s medical professionals if you do indeed notice them. The faster you get your client help, the less destruction will occur.

By paying such close attention to every detail of your client’s life (surgery or not), you are constantly displaying that With Age Comes Respect.

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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