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How Safe is Joint Replacement, Really?

Make no mistake about it, joint replacement surgery, while often helpful for many, still has a myriad of medical risks.

Along with many months of rehabilitation, many individuals are falsely under the impression that joint replacement is somewhat like just plugging a few Lego pieces together. Clearly, this is not the case.

Here’s what Dr. Wadell, Orthopedic Surgeon, says about the issues with these surgeries:

“ …Risks associated with the surgery or with subsequent required revisions, the complications associated with TKR (total knee replacement) have been extensively studied and include infection, pulmonary embolism, thrombosis (blood clots), fat embolism, hemarthrosis, patellar fracture, heterotopic ossification, stiffness, nerve damage, vascular injuries, urinary complications, and increased mortality (death)”

These studies underscore the importance of delaying TKR in certain patient populations and also encourage the need for a more well-tolerated, less invasive treatment option for these patients.

If you'd like to find out more about these treatments offered at NYC Pain MD, call to schedule your No-Cost Assessment: 877-380-8520

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