Knee Replacement Surgery: What Are The Immediate Steps To Be Taken After Surgery?
Knee replacement is one of the most successful methods in medical history. Patients who suffer from knee arthritis have a second shift of sorts after joint replacement surgery. Knee replacement surgery removes their dilemma of age-long physical restriction due to pain and helps them regain their confidence and lead a pain-free lifestyle.
To avoid any complications you need to take care of the replaced knee:
• Immediately after surgery, you will be given an ice pack and DVT pump machine to prevent foot swelling, swelling and deep vein thrombosis. You should also move your ankle and leg to maintain circulation.
• You are allowed to take turns from both sides for a restful sleep.
• As the pain subsides, you may be asked to stand up and take some steps with the aid of a walker and in the presence of a physician.
• Your diet will be normal, and there are no specific restrictions as far as knee surgery is concerned.
• The operated knee should never be punctured or twisted. This can lead to a fall and dislocation of the knee. This is an emergency, and you should report immediately to your doctor or the nearest hospital for evaluation.
• You have to use a commode with a height of about 18 inches, or you can use a commode chair for the initial few weeks. It can usually be removed after 4 to 6 weeks.
• When getting up from the seating position, slide towards the edge of the seat and use a chair or walker to get up. You may need a walker or stick for the initial 4 to 6 weeks. Relaxation will increase with each passing day and with regular stretching exercises.
• Avoid sitting on the floor or low seat. While lifting from a low position or level, we apply a lot of bending and twisting force to the knee in a weight-loss position. This can cause knee pain and will also reduce the life of the artificial knee.
• While bathing, you can take a permanent place under the shower or use a stationary plastic chair. In addition, to pack our food, cover the knee with a clean wrapper available in the market.
• Wear comfortable, non-skid shoes and avoid reducing body weight.
• When climbing the stairs, hold on to the side of the stairs. Use your non-powered leg to come down to climb the stairs and use your powered foot. Always use it one step at a time.
• Watch for warning signs of swelling, redness, rashes, etc. Report to your doctor for immediate evaluation.
• You should regularize and strengthen muscle exercises that move the knee joint. You should take a little rest in between activities.
• You should be able to do all the activities of daily life independently when you get out of the house. You can also cook for yourself. To build your muscles and make bone healthy you should eat a diet rich in calcium and protein.
• You need to manage other medical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure in an optimal manner to avoid any complications.