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Rehabilitation Following Knee Replacement Surgery

Rehabilitation Following Knee Replacement Surgery

 

When successful, knee replacement surgery is often a life-changing procedure that drastically improves the quality of life for many patients. However, in order for you to meet the goals of the surgery, it’s important that you take responsibility for your role in the rehabilitation process. Your surgeon will expect that you closely follow the after-care instructions they provide. You’ll also need to make sure you attend physical therapy appointments and work diligently both on your own and with your therapist to achieve the best possible results. Here at Core Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, we know the rehabilitation process following knee replacement surgery can be painful, but we urge you to commit to following your program. Here’s what you can expect to adhere to during rehabilitation:

 

  • In the Hospital

    • Ambulation with a walker or crutches depending on your weight-bearing status as determined by your surgeon
    • Perform range-of-motion exercises
    • Ice, compression, and elevation to control edema and swelling
    • Instruction on an in-home exercise program
    • Set discharge goals:
      • Get in and out of bed independently
      • Walking with walker or crutches independently
      • Walking up and down 3 steps independently
      • Independent completion of your home exercise program
      • Be able to bend your knee 90 degrees
      • Be able to fully straighten your knee

 

  • At Home

    • Begin walking with a cane
    • Continue continuous passive motion, range-of-motion exercises, and home exercise program
    • Care for the wound by keeping incision clean and dry
    • Monitor the wound closely for signs of infection

 

  • Outpatient Physical Therapy

    • Advanced strengthening program
      • Add weights as tolerated
    • Obtain range of motion of knee joint from 100-120 degrees
    • Stationary cycling
    • Walking program
    • Aquatic therapy program

 

  • Long-term Rehabilitation Goals

    • Be able to walk or perform other low-impact physical activities with mild or no pain
    • Be independent in all activities of daily living

 

*Important note: All information provided on this website is intended for information purposes only. Every patient’s case is unique and each should follow his or her doctor’s specific instructions. Discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your own physician to ensure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation. If you are in an emergency situation, please call 911 and seek emergency help.

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