We see a lot of post op knee and hip replacement pts for post op care and physical therapy. 99% of our pts have reasonable looking incision and surgical site bruising. I had a new knee admit yesterday that looked like he had been attacked by a bear!
Gross bruising and scratches well beyond the surgical site. As I have NEVER
seen anything like this before, I would like to know if this is typical and I have just had very lucky patients or was this or was this atypical.
I wouldn't call that typical, but maybe a few reasons why:
1) Mallets, slaphammers, power saws, power and manual files, power drills, nails, and slap impactors are used during joint replacements. Not exactly gentle instruments.
2) Pt. may have received heparin during or before surgery.
3) Pt. may not have had a drain post-op.
4) Pt. may be easy to bruise as it is.
5) What kind of pain meds did the pt. receive/take afterward.