Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Should I Have Double Knee Surgery?

Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 09:36 AM

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Question: I need knee replacement in both knees. Do you think it would be better to have one knee done at a time or both at once?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

I would definitely have one knee done at a time. Operating on both knees at the same time is too risky, both from a complication and comfort standpoint.

This surgery does increase your risk for post-operative blood clots, and it is going to be very important to maintain your mobility after each operation. Also, prolonged operating time increases your anesthetic risks exponentially.

If you are unlucky enough to have an infection complication, it will be easier to recover from a less complicated procedure, as well. Better to have two shorter procedures than one long procedure with increased risks despite the inconvenience and disruption to your schedule

 

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