Recovering From a Knee Replacement

Knee ReplacementAs with most surgical procedures, knee replacement follows a series of steps that remain largely consistent in all cases. There is no mystery regarding your actual surgery, but what about the recovery period?

Knowing what to expect while recovering from knee replacement surgery allows you to make any necessary modifications to your home and lifestyle. Here is a guide to the more significant elements of the recovery period.

During the hospital stay

After surgery, you will remain in the hospital for two to four days. The immediate goal is to begin using your new knee as soon as possible by standing and walking, usually with the aid of a walker or cane. Movement is key to prevent stiffness and reduce build-up scar tissue.

Activities will gradually increase until you are able to walk a moderate distance and perform tasks such as getting out of bed, dressing, and bathing on your own or with a minimum of assistance. The physical therapist will review a number of exercises to build strengthen and improve range of movement.

At home

Your surroundings should be modified temporarily to make your recovery easier.

  • Remove any potential obstacles such as tables or throw rugs.
  • Make necessary adjustments to use the first floor as your primary living space.
  • Equip the bathroom with a shower chair, raised toilet seat or any other helpful accessories.

You will continue with your schedule of recommended exercises, which includes regular walks of increasing distance. By three months many people are back to their everyday activities, but it can take up to a year for full recovery.

Everyone is different, so don’t feel discouraged if it takes you a bit longer. Be sure to consult your orthopedic surgeon about excessive pain and swelling or any other developments.

If you are suffering from chronic pain that limits your activities and overall quality of life, a knee replacement can be the answer to restoring your lifestyle. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced orthopedic surgeons by calling 602.466.7378 or visit our website for more information.

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