For those of us that are non-medical, as caregivers especially, it is good to realize that there are major arteries in our legs; directly behind our knees. By having Total Knee Replacement Surgery (TKR), we always run the risk that those vessels may be damaged.
If damage does occur, please make certain that you realize – and pass onto your clients your realization – that a vascular surgeon can typically repair the damage to the arteries so that there won’t be any issues afterward.
In addition to arterial damage, there is a possibility that nerves can be damaged as well – although it is very uncommon for this to happen! More often, there is the possibility of the nerves or blood vessels associated with the muscles that lead to the foot to feel numb after surgery.
You should know that the numbness will usually disappear after a few months. It dissipates at the nerves and tissue begin to heal. While it is terribly frightening for your clients to feel the numbness, you can reassure them that this type of thing happens. By helping them to understand any and all of the complications to TKR, you are showing them that With Age Comes Respect.