Joint replacement is one of the most common operations carried out, even in elderly people. The benefits of this surgery usually prevail but, like all other operations, it also carries risks. However, prevention, a minimally invasive surgical technique and diligent follow-up care mean that, as a rule, complications can be avoided.
The general complications that can occur with any surgery include:
Thrombosis/embolism, damage to nerves or bone, secondary bleeding and bruising around the wound, or impaired wound healing
After joint replacement surgery, the following specific complications may also occur in some cases, and these may possibly lead to revision surgery: