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My 72 year old father is thinking of having knee replacement surgery. He has had two strokes but, remains in very good health. How dangerous would this be?

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Dr. Brett Weinzapfel
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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That's a good question for his primary care physician or specialist that treated him for his stroke.
The most dangerous part for him would be that his surgeon may want him to be off aspirin, Plavix (clopidogrel) and any other blood thinners prior to surgery. This may put him at risk for another stroke. Do not let him stop these medications unless he clears it with the doctor that is prescribing them.

In brief: That's

That's a good question for his primary care physician or specialist that treated him for his stroke.
The most dangerous part for him would be that his surgeon may want him to be off aspirin, Plavix (clopidogrel) and any other blood thinners prior to surgery. This may put him at risk for another stroke. Do not let him stop these medications unless he clears it with the doctor that is prescribing them.
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Dr. Michael Korona
YES. Please do NOT stop your aspirin and or plavix without checking with your neurologist or primary care physician.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: Depends

He needs medical clearance from his doctors.
They should be able to answer that for you.

In brief: Depends

He needs medical clearance from his doctors.
They should be able to answer that for you.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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