People who have undergone knee replacement surgery should take every precautionary measure to avoid post-operative complications or dislocation of the replaced knee. It is therefore essential for patients to discuss the details of post-op care with their doctor. Patients may also be required to make certain changes to their lifestyle and rearrange their home furniture to prevent any kind of accident. The physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center, a physician referral line, perform several types of joint replacement procedures including hip replacement, shoulder replacement, ankle replacement and knee replacement. Continuing on the subject, the post discusses five precautionary measures you should take after knee replacement surgery.
1. Do Not Remove Sutures at Home
Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure that requires the incision to be sealed with sutures or staples. Patients, therefore, need to be careful after the surgery and must not try to remove them at home. Sutures should be removed by a doctor, usually a couple weeks after surgery.
2. Be Cautious of Blood Clotting
As there is a high risk of blood clots in the operated knee, it is advisable to complete anticoagulant therapy as scheduled and be cautious of any signs of a blood clotting. Most common presentation is excessive pain and swelling in the calf.
3. Maintain Proper Posture
After the surgery, it may take a few weeks for the knee to regain the strength to bear the total body weight. Keeping that in mind, you will have to be careful of your body movements and maintain the right postures while sitting and standing. Here are some of the precautionary measures to expedite the recovery:
- Do not kneel too much
- Climb one stair at a time
- Avoid sitting and standing for more than an hour
- While sleeping do not place any pillow behind your knee
- Use a walker or cane to avoid falls or injuring your knee
The first few weeks after surgery are crucial. In addition to taking all possible precautions, physical therapy is essential to strengthen the leg muscles. If you are looking for a knee specialist or hospital for knee surgery, Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center can help. We can connect you with experienced knee surgeons in Plano and nearby areas participating in the referral line. To learn more, simply call +1 888-608-4762.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.
Reviewed by Karim Elsharkawy, M.D.