Post-Op Complications of Total Knee Arthroplasty

  1. Looking for some insight into potential post- op complications of total knee arthroplasty.

    Any in put would be greatly appreciated.

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  3. by   Daytonite
    The post-op complications of arthroplasty are:
    • pulmonary embolism
    • pneumonia
    • phlebitis
    • 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.