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What causes swelling in calf and ankle after a knee replacement surgery?

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Posted on Mon, 25 Jul 2016
Question: My husband had knee replacement surgery a week ago & his angle & calf are still quite swollen & he is experiencing pain in the shin area with bruising around the ankle. We are quite worried about blood clots. His doctor said if he experienced pain around ankle and/or calf to go to ER for ultra-sound. Is this normal for knee replacement surgery?
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Answered by Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (52 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
In certain degree

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Hi and welcome.
Swelling is expected in certain degree after knee replacement,but swelling should be maximal at 2-3 days postoperatively and then it should subside in next 1-2 weeks. If there is unusual course of swelling then it would be better to do Doppler ultrasound especially if you are not on anticoagulant therapy. Wish you good health. Regards
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Brief Answer: In certain degree Detailed Answer: Hi and welcome. Swelling is expected in certain degree after knee replacement,but swelling should be maximal at 2-3 days postoperatively and then it should subside in next 1-2 weeks. If there is unusual course of swelling then it would be better to do Doppler ultrasound especially if you are not on anticoagulant therapy. Wish you good health. Regards