And welcome to One Care Medical Center, an international orthopedic hospital in Coimbatore. My name is Dr. Salam and I am a full time practicing orthopedic surgeon in Coimbatore.
In this short article, I am going to tell you briefly about Recovery after Knee Replacement.
Now, typically after undergoing a knee replacement surgery or procedure, patients are advised to begin ambulation on the same day of the procedure. The hospitalization time is typically about 1-2 days at most and the main objective is to get the patient moving quickly.
After knee replacement surgery, outpatient physical therapy begins. Outpatient physical therapy includes knee exercises that help strengthen the muscles, improve the overall blood flow and reduce scar formation.
Some common exercises that your physiotherapist will recommend include
A. Quad Squeezes
B. Ankle Pumps
C. Short Arc Quad
D. Heel Slides
E. Knee Extensions
F. Straight leg raises
Of course, there are a dozen of exercises that are available, all aimed at improving range of motion, walking ability et cetera. Your physiotherapist will guide you through the optimal set of exercises that are required to improve joint stability and overall range of joint motion.
Timeline Recovery of Knee replacement
After a knee replacement, most patients get back to full recovery by 6 weeks. Most people start driving from about 3 to 6 weeks. However, in some instances it may take more than 4 to 6 months to achieve complete recovery.
Living with the new knee –
A small proportion of patients feel their new knee even after 12 months post the surgery. Some of them report feeling their joints as well. Common complaints include feeling a cracking noise, swelling or numbness. However, this in no way means that the surgery was unsuccessful.
The life of the new knee
Most knee replacements when done right last a very long time. Studies show that a typical knee replacement lasts anywhere between 15 to 20 years on average.
An important point to bear in mind is that high impact activities should be restricted or else damage can definitely occur.
In some cases, revision surgery to correct the knee joint may be required. Common reasons for revision surgery include loosening of the replaced components, joint instability and in rare cases joint infections.
Patients are best advised to discuss with their doctors on the best possible time for undergoing a revision knee replacement surgery.
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