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.
Aug. 28, 2012