Knee Replacement Surgery Postoperative Procedures
After knee replacement surgery, Patients will be monitored for 1 to 2 hours until the anesthesia wears off. Patients stay at the hospital will depend upon the specific type of surgery performed; overall health and recovery of the patient. Prescribed pain medication will help patient get relieved from the postoperative pain.
There are the several therapies that are used to encourage the proper circulation of the blood and prevent the blood clots.
Various Therapies that are used for the proper circulation of the blood are as follows:
• Compression boots: These are the wraps that wrap around the legs and then these wraps expand and contract to apply the gentle pressure on knees.
• Continuous passive motion (CPM) machine: This is the device that is used to move the patient’s leg while the patient is on the bed.
• The third method involves the proper movement of the foot and the ankle while the patient is on the bed.
• Your surgeon will provide you the medications in order to thin the blood.
• You also have to elevate your leg for the short period of the time.
• In most of the cases, your surgeon will suggest you the physical therapy. Physical therapy involves the movement and exercises for the new joint. This will help you to gradually begin your walk again.
What are the loopholes after Knee Replacement surgery?
After the knee replacement surgery, one may develop the following:
• Chest pain
• Shortness of the breath
• There will be a sudden increase of swelling, pain, redness, and tenderness in the lower leg.
You have to consult the surgeon in above-mentioned cases.
What are the various postoperative instructions?
• Pain is normal for several weeks. But post-surgical pain can be relieved from a few weeks by doing rest and strengthening exercises.
• Surgical wounds should be kept clean and dry until the area heals.
• You have to avoid soaking for at least 6 weeks after the total knee replacement surgery. If you feel the incision, then your surgeon should be contacted immediately.
• A low-grade fever is normal in the first few days after the surgery. If your fever rises above the 101 F, this is accompanied by chills, sweating, pain or drainage. Then you must consult the surgeon.
• Swelling is the normal thing for several months after knee replacement surgery.
• You have to elevate your legs for 30 to 60 minutes every day. This will help you to reduce the swelling. Most of the patient often experienced less swelling in the morning, more swelling in the afternoon. If you experience the excessive swelling in the morning, then you must consult the surgeon.
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