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Recovering from Knee Replacement: Things that matter

A lot of people who have been recommended to undergo knee replacement may think that right after the surgery they are going to have a completely pain-free life, however, it is important to know that great things take time. The surgery addresses the problem but you still have a long way to go. After you are discharged your main focus should be on recovery and rehabilitation.

Generally, it takes a couple of days or even weeks to get back to a normal pain-free life. Even though you may be able to resume certain activities, it is important to make sure that you are not unnecessarily straining your knee. You have to be very careful about certain things, indulge in habits that aid your recovery and get rid of those that may hinder the same. In this blog, we have written about some of the most important things that matter while you are recovering from a knee replacement, with the help of an expert specialising in knee replacement in Gurugram.

Hospital stay and discharge - Depending on the overall prognosis, patients are usually discharged within about 4 days, however, before you leave for your home, there are a few milestones that are to be achieved.

  • You should at least be in a position of getting in and out of bed without any aid.
  • You should be able to perform basic activities like eating, drinking and using the washroom.
  • You should be able to move around with the help of an assistive device
  • You should be able to perform the exercises that have been recommended by your doctor
  • You should be well aware of all the precautions that are to be taken during recovery.
  • You should have proper knowledge of your medication and its dosage. These are to be followed religiously.

Once these goals have been achieved, you will be discharged from the hospital, however, if you are not able to accomplish these, you might be required to stay at the hospital for a little longer.

Making necessary arrangements at home - Even if it is for a short period, your life is not going to be the same after the surgery, till you have recovered completely. You will need to make a few arrangements at home to make sure that when you are back from the hospital, your life is comfortable and hassle-free.

  • You might need to rearrange the furniture so that you can easily use your assistive devices without the former coming your way.
  • You will have to temporarily shift your room to the ground floor to avoid the unnecessary use of stairs
  • In case you have any slippers or rugs that could cause you to slip, get rid of them
  • Fasten any cord or wire in the house that can increase your chances of tripping
  • You will need to get a shower chair to make it easier for you to take a bath
  • Invest in a comfortable chair and footstool, to make sure your knee is elevated.

Take extra care of the wound - Although the risks of infection are significantly low nowadays as compared to earlier times, we cannot simply ignore them. You need to follow the set of guidelines recommended by your doctor to keep off such risks.

  • Before you are discharged from the hospital learn basic dressing techniques from your doctor or nurse. Pay attention when they clean your wound.
  • Try to keep the wound clean and dry.
  • If you are planning to take a shower, consult your doctor for any instructions.
  • In case you notice any unusual redness or drainage from the wound, bring it to the notice of your doctor immediately.

Add exercise to your daily routine - If you think that sitting in bed all day is going to help you recover faster, you need to reconsider that thought. A sedentary lifestyle is only going to add more complications to the process of recovery. It not only hampers the healthy circulation of blood to the surgical site but also promotes weight gain.

  • As soon as your wound has healed, consult your doctor and plan an exercise routine.
  • Make sure you do not include rigorous exercises. These unnecessarily strain your knee.
  • Follow a recommended exercise regimen under the supervision of a trained physicist.
  • Some exercises might even seem a little painful at first, however, once you get used to these, you will see the positive results yourself.

Use an assistive device - You can use a walker, cane or even crutches to alleviate some load from your knees post-surgery. Experts specialising in orthopaedic surgery in Gurugram suggest that assistive devices not only make your lives convenient but also bring down the risks of tripping or falling.

  • These are needed temporarily and you will not become dependent on them
  • They help you to get back on your feet when the joint proprioception is developing after the surgery.
  • You can move around at your own will while avoiding any pain and discomfort

Go for cold therapy - To alleviate pain, swelling and inflammation, after the surgery, doctors recommend cold therapy.

  • This is done by using ice bags or ice pads.
  • The technique can be repeated as many times as you want for instant relief from pain and swelling as cold packs decrease the flow of blood to the surgical site

Bring down the swelling - It is normal to experience mild to moderate swelling after a knee replacement procedure and it can last for as long as 3 to 6 months. To manage the swelling you can try the following:

  • Elevating your leg
  • Applying a cold pack
  • Using compression stockings

Stick to the recommended diet - If your doctors have prescribed a diet chart, make sure to follow it religiously. This is usually personalised to meet your required calorie intake and to ensure that you do not miss out on any of the important nutrients that play a vital role in your recovery.

  • The diet charts may vary from one patient to another but there is one that is common for all, i.e. strict refrainment from alcohol and tobacco.
  • You will need to take supplements for meeting your iron and vitamin requirement
  • In case you have been prescribed blood-thinning medicines, you will need to include vitamin-K-rich foods in your diet.
  • Drink plenty of fluids

Prioritise Rest and Sleep - After the surgery, most patients are eager to get back to their daily routines. Some might even push themselves to indulge in certain activities.

  • It is important to understand that your body takes a certain amount of time to heal and you cannot just rush things.
  • Exercise is important but so are rest and sleep. The progress has to be slow and gradual rather than abrupt.
  • You also need to make sure that you are getting enough sleep as it aids in the process of recovery.

To know more about how knee replacement and whether it is an option for you, consult the top orthopaedic doctors today.

Dr. Rohit Lamba, Head of the Department & Senior Consultant

Bone, Joint Replacement And Orthopaedics

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