The speedy recovery after your surgery depends on how you follow your surgeon’s or treating doctor’s recommendations & medications at home in the upcoming weeks after surgery-
- A continuous passive motion (CPM) machine may be used to begin physical therapy following surgery.
- Wound care involves not bathing the wound in water until it is properly closed and dried.
- A well-balanced diet, often supplemented with iron, is critical for wound healing and muscle recovery.
- Exercise is a critical component of home care, particularly during the first few weeks after surgery-
- A graduated walking program to slowly increase your mobility, initially in your home and later outside
- Resuming other normal household activities, such as sitting, standing, and climbing stairs
- Specific exercises several times a day to restore movement and strengthen your knee
- See your orthopaedic surgeon for a routine follow-up examination and x-rays on a regular basis. Your surgeon will discuss the number and scheduling of these appointments with you
The reality of knee replacement surgery is that you will notice a big reduction in knee discomfort and a significant improvement in your ability to conduct routine daily activities. Keep in mind, however, that a knee replacement will not allow you to perform anything more than you could before you had mobility difficulties or arthritis.
After a total knee replacement, unlimited walking, swimming, golf, driving, mild trekking, riding, ballroom dancing, and other low-impact sports are realistic options.
If activity is reduced appropriately, knee replacements can last for many years.