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Precautions and Tips to Consider After Joint Replacement Surgery

Recovery after joint replacement surgery is an important time, thus taking the right precautions is beneficial. Joint replacement surgery assures patients have a pain-free lifestyle.

Advancements in technology have enabled people to get new joints that easily last for 30 years. There are many different types of replacement surgeries like hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, and others. Here are some tips and precautions about what to expect after your joint replacement surgery.

Total knee replacement (TKR) and hip replacement are the most common operations. After the operation, recovery and rehabilitation are the important stages. Here are some insights.

Incision Care

After the operation, the wound will be covered with dressing by doctors. This will last for two weeks. The stitches are under the skin. Do not remove the dressing. Do not wet it. On your first visit after surgery, it will be either removed or replaced. You can take a shower after the dressing is removed, but keep the wound covered. Avoid bathtubs. 

Leg Elevation in Tkr

After knee replacement surgery, doctors recommend raising the leg for faster recovery and relief from inflammation. Place a small pillow or cushion under your feet so that the knee is level. This will increase blood flow to the site of the operation and reduce swelling.

Medicines

Medications to relieve pain after joint replacement surgery often cause constipation. Take laxatives like chromofin with you or ask your doctor to prescribe a medicine for you if he has not already done so. Eat a diet rich in fiber and plenty of water.

Ice Packs

Applying cold packs is a fundamental part of recovery from joint replacement surgery. Icing is important to reduce swelling and inflammation. You can use ice packs and keep them in your home freezer and apply. If you don’t have it, you can also put ice cubes or chopped vegetables in a plastic bag and freeze them. Continuous use of cold packs for at least the first 2 to 3 days is recommended.

Post Surgical Diet

After your surgery, you will have side effects of anesthesia, if you have taken general anesthesia (knee replacement is often done using local anesthesia). Painkillers are also given. It is best to eat light meals immediately after the operation, as the body is in recovery mode. At Eva Ortho Center we offer a recommended diet plan. The first few days usually include soups, fresh fruits, salads, porridge, etc. Easily digestible and anti-inflammatory foods.

Gradually you move on to a simple diet rich in protein and iron.

Also Read:- Tips For Avoiding Shoulder Pain

When to Contact Your Doctor

Pay attention to the following signs after joint replacement surgery to contact your hospital or orthopedic surgeon:

  • persistent fever of 102 or higher
  • extreme pain even after taking pain relievers
  • fluid leaking from the wound
  • excessive vomiting or nausea
  • Numbness
  • redness

At Eva Hospital, Dr. Tanveer Bhutani treats you with an appointment when you are discharged from the hospital after your surgery.

Physiotherapy and Exercises

Basic rehabilitation and physiotherapy will be started while you are in the hospital. Light exercises are introduced for a few minutes to facilitate blood circulation. The patient is made to stand and walk a little. This greatly speeds up the recovery. It is necessary to put some weight on the new joint-hip or knee. Patients need to get relief from pain if both knees are replaced at the same time.

The physiotherapist will ask you to perform assistive movements and bend your legs or knees at certain angles. Physiotherapy will continue while you are recovering at home. This is the most important part of post-surgical rehabilitation.

The feet should be kept apart – do not touch by placing a pillow between the feet. It is essential in both knee and hip replacements.

Arrange for Assistance While Walking

Initially, when you are recovering from your joint changes, you may need equipment such as a walker, crutch, walking stick, high or portable toilet seat, etc. until the time of your first appointment after surgery. Probably walking with a cane.

Lastly

The treatment and rehabilitation process plays an important role in determining the success of the process. At Eva Hospital we take great care to make sure your recovery is quick and comfortable. However, the recovery time is different for each patient, their age, lifestyle, goals, and type of surgery.

Miraculous procedures have been performed here for the victims of the total loss of movement. 

Eva Hospital also offers cashless hospitalization and insurance. Also, the hospital facilities are COVID prepared by following the highest level of safety protocols.

About The Author

Tanveer Bhutani
Eva Hospital encompasses various modern orthopedic practices pioneered by the prominent orthopedic surgeon in Ludhiana “Dr. Tanveer Singh Bhutani”.

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