This is called a periprosthetic joint infection and can be a devastating complication of joint replacement surgery. These joint infections can be associated with significant morbidity, mortality and increased health care costs and a big burden to the patient due to prolonged hospitalisation and multiple surgical procedures over long periods.
Total Knee Replacement has been shown to be both durable and reliable in relieving pain and improving function in patients with end stage knee arthrosis allowing the patients to return to normal activities with improved quality of life. The number of knee replacements are only increasing rapidly annually as the population lives longer.
Understandably, patients who have undergone hip replacement surgery have a strong desire to return to normal activities—especially considering it may have been some time since they were able to perform them comfortably.
Patients usually want to get back to their normal activities as soon as and as safely as they possibly can after undergoing total knee replacement surgery. Driving is an integral aspect of activity resumption to re-establish social and recreational independence as one has to get around.