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Knee Postoperative Care

Knee Postoperative Care

 

The postoperative process begins directly after your surgery when you are transported to the recovery room. Core Orthopedic and Sports Medicine professionals will keep a close watch on your vital signs and circulation. When you awaken, nurses will help reorient you to your situation and make sure you are stabilized before we move you to your hospital room.

 

When you arrive at your room and regain alertness, you might notice the following unfamiliar things attached to your body:

  • A large dressing, like gauze, applied to your incision to keep the area clean and absorb leaking fluid
  • An IV that allows you to receive fluids until you are eating and drinking on your own
  • Occasionally, a catheter may need to be placed based on your response to anesthesia
  • Elastic hose and/or a compression stocking sleeve to minimize the risks of clotting
  • A knee immobilizer will be used for extra protection until the second day

 

Depending on the state of your overall health, and your individual response to recovery, you’ll most likely be in the hospital for 2-3 days to monitor your pain and knee strength. You will either have an outpatient knee replacement in which you will recover at home, where a therapist will come to the house for 1-2 weeks. Or you will have an at hospital stay. You’ll likely be prescribed pain pills and have a consultation with a physical therapist in the first day after surgery.

 

You will be released to go home with a specific and detailed set of individualized recovery instructions. Much of the success of your knee replacement surgery will depend on your participation in following these instructions correctly. You shouldn’t bathe or soak the surgical wounds for the first six weeks after surgery, and you should always keep the area clean and dry to promote healing.

 

It’s important to note that pain, swelling, and a low-grade fever are common and normal for the first few weeks after surgery. They will subside as the healing process progresses. To minimize swelling and maximize comfort, we recommend that you elevate your knee for 30-60 minutes each day.

 

In the months following surgery, you’ll have follow up appointments and physical therapy appointments to schedule and attend regularly to ensure your recovery continues to go according to plan. Your doctor may also suggest a dietary plan and a period of time with a walker, and/or crutches.

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