Total knee arthroplasty: Pearls and pitfalls

By Paul A. Manner, MD

Common factors and specific recommendations in medical liability cases

Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is one of the most successful and commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States; more than 400,000 TKAs are performed per year. Most TKAs proceed without incident or complication. As with any major surgical procedure, however, substantial risks—including infection, bleeding, venous thromboembolic disease, exacerbation of preexisting disease, and neurovascular disease—do exist.

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