Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Blood clots in your leg veins or pelvis are the most common complication of joint replacement surgery. Your surgeon may prescribe measures to prevent these (or prevent them from becoming symptomatic) such as getting mobile as early as possible, special support hose, inflatable leg coverings, ankle pump exercises and blood thinners.

Understand the potential risks and complications

Understand the potential risks and complications

What are the potential risks in joint replacement surgery?

Most operations are performed without incident, and the complication rate following joint replacement surgery is very low. Serious complications, such as joint infection, occur in less than 2% of patients.1

However, all operations carry some risks and although everything will be done to keep these to a minimum, you should be aware of them before agreeing to have an operation.

When you have total joint replacement surgery, some of the risks are outlined below. Or, alternatively:

Reference
1. Hanssen, A.D., et al., “Evaluation and Treatment of Infection at the Site of Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty,” JBJS, Volume. 80-A, No. 6, June 1998, pp. 910-922.

Next Steps

Contact your GP or health professional to discuss your options