Dr. O'Connor describes the possible complications associated with knee replacement surgery.
After knee replacement surgery, it’s important for the woman and her family to know about certain things that would be warning signs of a possible problem. The woman goes home and she is having fever, she is worried that her knee incision doesn’t look okay, maybe it’s a little red or it’s draining, then that could mean there is a risk of infection, and I want that patient calling me so I can say, “Come back in so I can take a look at your knee.”
Another thing that can happen is people can get blood clots. So we will send patients home on a blood thinner, but still, if they get swelling in their knee after surgery that gets worse, then we want to know that because maybe they could be developing a blood clot.
About Dr. O'Connor, M.D.:
Dr. Mary O'Connor, M.D., was accepted as a resident in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York in 1985. She joined the orthopedic surgery staff at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida in 1991, and since 2005 has served as department chair. Dr. O'Connor cares for people with hip and knee arthritis, failed joint replacements, and pelvic tumors.