Knee replacement fears

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hello all, I probably should be on the Health Anxiety forum as this is not an eminent issue but of course ventured over here because I have fears around knee replacement surgery. I currently have arthritis in my knee and I have had it since I was 27. I will likely need knee replacement in the next 10 to 15 years and I am terrified of getting a blood clot during surgery and it’s traveling to my heart and I die. I have read that is one of the symptoms or risk and have known a person this happened to so now I am terrified. I know I will have to have the surgery or else suffer but I am scared. No this this is not an eminent issue but being the anxious person I am I immediately feel the fear of it. I wonder how you guys overcame this fear. Also do any of you have experience with stem cells and are they effective in helping with arthritis?

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    Margot, please don't let this issue worry you so much. I have just had bilateral replacements. They will give you injections to prevent clotting whilst you are in hospital, and you will be discharged with hard core blood thinning meds.

    With every operation there is a risk of blood clots, but when you think of all the thousands of procedures that are performed every day, the risk is really very small. They have to warn you of all risks by law, I know that is scary, but it doesn't mean that the risk is high.

    Have a word with your doctor, I'm sure that they will understand your fear and set your mind at rest. Good luck.

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