Looking for some insight into potential post- op complications of total knee arthroplasty.
Any in put would be greatly appreciated.
Sep 21, '07
The post-op complications of arthroplasty are:
- pulmonary embolism
- paralytic ileus
- urinary retention
- constipation/bowel impaction
- wound infection
- Also, specific for a knee arthroplasty
- an infection of the prosthesis site is a serious complication that could require removal of the prosthesis
- fat embolism is especially a potential if the intermedullary canal has been entered and pressure develops within it from the presence of the prosthesis--this would occur within 72 hours after surgery--symptoms are apprehension, diaphoresis, fever, dyspnea, pulmonary effusion, tachycardia, cyanosis, seizures, decreased level of consciousness, petechial rash on the chest and shoulders
- From Nurse's 5-Minute Clinical Consult: Procedures, from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007, page 25
You will note that many of these are complications of general anesthesia.