Related Video: Total Knee Replacement
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Excess bleeding
- Blood clots
- Chronic weakness in the knee joint
- Worsening or unchanged pain
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Poor nutrition
- History of blood clots
- Long-term illness
- Use of certain medications
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