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Potential Risks

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DVT - Blood clots in the large veins of the legs.

To decrease the risk, your physician will start you on a blood thinning medication. In addition, you will be wearing compression stockings post operatively to keep the blood in your leg circulating. Early mobility after surgery will also help prevent clot formation.

INFECTION
Infection is a serious complication. You will be given antibiotics pre and post operatively. To reduce the risk of infection once you have a joint replacement, you should take antibiotics when having invasive procedures (dental work, colonoscopies) in the future, as directed by your physician.

PNEUMONIA
You will be encouraged to cough and do your deep breathing exercises and use an incentive spirometer to help prevent pneumonia. Frequent repositioning and mobility are also good ways to prevent pneumonia.

If you smoke, you may want to consider quitting. During you hospital stay you will not be permitted to smoke; however if you need smoking cessation aids while in the hospital, please discuss this with your physician.

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