Things You Shouldn’t Do After A Knee Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic SurgeryIs knee pain restricting your mobility and affecting your quality of life? Orthopaedic surgery, including arthroscopy and knee replacement, can restore an improved level of movement, allowing you to enjoy many of your favorite activities again.

The procedure doesn’t end once you leave the operating table. Recovery gives your knee a chance to heal properly for maximum improvement. You can help the process along by following this list of things to avoid during the recovery period.

Lifting heavy objects

Proper lifting involves your legs, so trying to lift heavy items creates undue stress that could reinjure the joint or damage your new artificial knee. The general threshold is 40 pounds, but your surgeon may specify a different amount.

Smoking and drinking

Post-surgery you may be taking a blood thinner such as Coumadin, or your provider may prescribe pain medication. Alcohol can interfere with the efficiency of these drugs and cause unpleasant side effects. Smoking constricts blood vessels, which severely impairs the healing process by reducing the amount of nutrients delivered to the affected area.

Gaining weight

Any excess pounds you gain increase the burden on your fragile knee. Aerobic exercise is limited at best during recovery, so pay careful attention to your diet. Stay away from foods high in fat or ones with “bad carbs” such as white rice, potatoes and sweets. Protein-rich foods provide nutrients for your body to heal itself.

Twisting, kneeling and squatting

After joint replacement surgery you should keep the knee as straight as possible, especially when in bed, for at least six weeks. Take care to avoid kneeling and squatting that can strain the joint. When you change directions, move your whole body rather than simply pivoting on the affected leg.

Ignoring changes in your knee or in your general health

Infection can seriously threaten effective healing after your orthopaedic surgery. If you experience increasing pain and swelling, redness or fever, contact your doctor immediately.

Our skilled, knowledgeable specialists will guide you through the steps for quick and efficient recovery from orthopaedic surgery. Contact Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.

Comments

  1. Dave Anderson says:

    My mother just had a knee replacement and I was wondering what she should avoid doing so that she can heal fully. I will make sure that she does not do any heavy lifting like you said. I will also make sure that she avoids any movements that could potentially strain her knee. I am not sure how I can help her avoid putting on weight, but I will do my best.

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