RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
Complications, though uncommon, may include:
- Tissue damage. The placement and movement of the instruments within the joint can damage the joint's structures, blood vessels or nerves.
- Infection. Any type of invasive surgery carries a risk of infection.
- Blood clots. Rarely, procedures that last longer than an hour can increase the risk of blood clots developing in your legs or lungs.
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