TX Hospitals has highly qualified Orthopedic experts whose one of the first priorities is to get your new knee moving – to regain the range of motion.
Total knee replacement (TKR) is also called total knee arthroplasty. It is surgery that is done to remove and replace your knee joint. The knee joint is where your femur (thighbone) and tibia (large lower leg bone or shinbone) meet. During the TKR, the damaged parts of your knee joint are removed and replaced with an implant. This implant may be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. You may need to have one or both of your knee joints replaced.
Posted on : 16-07-2022
After a knee replacement surgery, a patient definitely needs help with basic everyday things such as:
Some of the most important tips to post-operative knee care are:
The first steps to healing are making sure that the patient takes all prescribed medication on time. It is a good idea to visit the doctor during appointments, so that you know what medications to be given and in what dosage. The doctor will help you understand the medications and their side effects. You will also be aware of any warning signs or allergic symptoms that could come up, such as swelling, fluid build-up, inflammation, or more.
It is important to follow the healing plan that the doctor suggests, including basic exercises. Of course, the patient may not be comfortable initially and may want to skip a few days, but please be sure to check with the doctor if it is advisable. Sometimes, it is crucial to continue with all the exercises, even if the patient does not feel up to it and wants to skip it. If there are warning signs and the patient seems to be in distress, stop the exercises and speak to the doctor as soon as possible.
The part where the cut was made has to be taken care of very well so that there is no risk of infection. Make sure that the incision area and the areas nearby are completely dry till the duration that the doctor has mentioned, which will be at least some time after the pins and staples have been removed. It takes about two weeks or a little more for the wound to heal when the doctor will remove the staples. It is possible to feel some numbness around the area, but if there is any redness or swelling, make sure to mention it to the doctor.