Guidelines for a successful recovery after knee replacement surgery

Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure where the knee replacement surgeon replaces
the damaged knee with plastic and metal parts. The statistics of patients& getting a successful
knee recovery surgery are about 89%. A successful knee recovery after the surgery is very
crucial and as a patient, you as a patient have a greater part of making this recovery a
successful one. If you’re wondering how to take care your knees after the surgery, read the
following guidelines to get a better picture.

Improve your extension and

Consult to your physician first if you have any queries or doubts regarding your routine chart.
One important thing that you need to do is to bend and straighten your legs because giving
complete rest to the legs is not very advisory. For improving your extension, you should lay you
leg down with a rolled towel underneath your ankle. Make sure you keep the legs as straight as
possible and to improve your flexion, you can sit on your chair bending your knee back not
completely but just curling your legs underneath the seat of the chair

Don’t stress your knee too much

Do not lift heavy objects, why? Lifting heavy objects could add excessive amount of stress to
your artificial knee and there are chances of you damaging it.
Point to remember:
1) Do not twist your knee when you’re turning around. Always remember that when you turn to
face in a different direction, you turn your entire body. This way you won’t twist your knee
2) Consult your physical therapist to perform regular movements because you need to watch
your form when you bend down and sit.

Take your Medications properly.

Your doctor would have prescribed a list of vitamins or supplements, do not forget them you
take them. Most of patients find that they lack Vitamin D. Also many patients who have
undertaken orthopaedic surgery take iron to help replenish blood count after surgery. Doctors
mainly recommend supplements to aid muscle recovery in patients.

Keep Ice and Heat on

It is good to alternate between ice and the heat. Ice will help your knee inflammation and pain.
Keeping ice is particularly effective for the first few days after surgery because it might reduce
the swelling and eases any stiffness. Benefits for alternating cold and hot packs are that, it will
help your muscles relax.

Avoid alcohol and smoking

Make sure you avoid or minimize your alcohol consumption especially if your taking strong
medication or you&have been prescribed to any narcotic pain medication. If you smoke, make an

effort to stop because your smoking might skrink your blood vessels which results in slower
healing process. Healing lungs leads to better blood oxygen levels and faster healing.

Maintain your weight

Watch your weight; it’s always advisable to keep your weight down. A few extra Kgs will put a lot
of pressure on your knee and will result in slow recovery. If you are overweight then you might
risk in developing arthritis on your other knee. So a major part of recovery does matter on you
managing your weight

Take walks and exercise sensibly.

Walking will definitely help strengthen the leg muscles and increase the overall blood flow. Start
walking as soon as possible, but remember to start with a short distance and then add up as
you move along. Moving just around the house doesn’t provide enough exercise. To strengthen
your knees , consider low key activates like peddling on your bike , playing golf etc.

Be positive and committed

We know your experience might cause a lot of difficulties to lead to your path of recovery.
However 50% of positive results come from the patient& willingness and hard work in physical
therapy and rehab. Do not give up on yourself and do how much ever you can with a good
attitude

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