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 http://www.healthline.com/health/total-knee-replacement-surgery/risks-complications#1, revision surgery may be required for individuals that have other than mechanical failure, which include but are not limited to:
- continued pain
- knee stiffness
- 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.