AAOS Now, September 2017
Measures to Avoid Complications in TKA
Wound complications after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) are rare—with only 0.33 percent of more than 17,000 patients in a Mayo Clinic registry requiring surgical intervention within 30 days. However, when complications do occur, they can be serious and expensive. Acute complications range from quickly resolved drainage and small superficial eschars to serious conditions such as persistent drainage and full-thickness tissue necrosis that may require advanced soft-tissue coverage.