Any post-operative care, whether for a minor or a major surgery, needs time, space and medication to heal properly. Any surgical healing that has been hastened, exposed to infection and has been unaided may result to poor healing and even further complications.
Total knee replacement surgery, or any major and minor surgical procedure needs thorough care. And of course, some would even consult a guidebook. Knee replacements surely are big issue here. But the right process, the correct medication and the proper healing procedure can make a big difference.
Total knee surgery is done to help cure knee pain and disability and keep knee stable. The procedure replaces the weight bearing surfaces of the knee joint. It can be partial or total. Partial replaces only a part or a single knee while total involves both knees.
The surgery is also helpful for those who experiences osteoarthritis, rheumatism or injury trauma.
Before the Procedure
Before the procedure certain precautionary measures will be done. Such measure includes the thorough explanation of the procedure, some consent problems, further evaluation, diagnostic tests, laboratory tests, etc.
Also you may be required to do some medication testing to know whether you are allergic from the medications that are to be used.
During and After the Procedure
You may be having a hospital stay to ensure that you are healing properly. During the operation, you may not be feeling a thing. But after stitches have been closed and incisions removed, you may now start to feel everything.
To make sure you are taken care of, have someone with you in the hospital, a family or a friend. After being released in your hospital stay, you may now face the process of healing at home.
Tips on Healing Properly
- Fever, swelling and redness are possible. They are the first thing that may happen, don’t panic. In case it gets worse, that’s the time you need to see your doctor. But if it’s tolerable you may have the medications that have been prescribed to you.
- Do not drive yet.
- Use crutches and handrails.
- Always use support when you take a bath.
- Use shower bench or chair to avoid knee strains.
- Avoid climbing stairs.
- Keep your house safe, removed all materials you can trip on.
- Have a ready first aid kit at hand.
- Avoid rigorous and strenuous activities that may cause your knees to be at risk.
- Eat healthy diet. This will help strengthen you. Avoid those that are in your doctor’s no no list.
- Try to go on without smoke and alcohol while you are in the healing process. They might jeopardize your ability to heal.
- Elevate your leg when necessary. Have an ice pack ready.
- A pain reliever can be a way to fight off pain, but never overdoes.
A total knee replacement can be a challenge, but then once it has been done, you may be on your way to great long years of knee pain free. And that’s all that counts.