Although every joint surgery aims at improving the quality of life, the objective can only be achieved if the patient is prepared for what lies ahead. While the participating surgeons in the referral line of Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center are specialized in performing minimally invasive joint replacement in Plano and other places, you will need to do your half pre- and post-surgery to expedite the recovery process and regain joint functionality. To help, we present a few precautions you need to take after undergoing a joint replacement surgery. Take a look.
Take Care of the Incision
After undergoing a surgical procedure, especially a total joint replacement surgery, the patient must take special care of the incision. Incisions are usually sealed using two things: glue or staples. If the incision is closed using glue or Dermabond, the patient can take showers on a daily basis without the risk of infecting or irritating the incisions. If, however, the incision is closed using staples or stitches, there are a few precautions you need to take to avoid infections and other complications.
Take the Prescribed Medicines
Post-surgery, a patient may experience pain for the first few days. The pain, however, subsides over time but the medication helps until the patient gets to this point. Some patients also experience swelling near the surgical area. In such cases, doctors may prescribe appropriate medication to curb the pain and swelling. In addition, doctors may also prescribe dietary supplements to make sure the patient’s body gets the needed nutrients, to expedite the recovery process.
Follow the Dietary Recommendations
The medications prescribed after some joint replacement procedures can lead to constipation. It is, therefore, important for patients to increase their fiber intake and include bananas, oatmeal, prunes, whole wheat bread, brans, and other fiber-rich food items. They should also increase Vitamin C, E, and protein intake and include soy, eggs, oranges, lemon juice, berries, potatoes, almond milk, and nuts. Changing the diet and replacing processed food with healthier alternatives help the recovery process as well.
Keep a Check on Daily Activities
When a patient undergoes a joint replacement surgery, they need to avoid strenuous activities, such as jogging, twisting, stretching, driving, specific sleeping positions, running, and sitting on furniture with a low base. All these activities may put excessive pressure on the surgical area, which may result in an increase in pain and swelling, and slows down the recovery process. Patients, therefore, need to consult their doctor and ask about the activities that they must avoid to fasten the recovery process and also about less strenuous exercises that may help the healing process.
Attend Physical Therapy Sessions as Prescribed
Most patients who undergo a joint replacement procedure are required to regularly attend physical therapy sessions for at least 8 weeks or more after the surgery. In the first physical therapy session, a physical therapist analyzes the surgical area and the current movement of joint. The therapist makes a schedule that contains a list of exercises that focus on regaining joint function and motion. After regaining joint motion, the therapist will ask the patient to include exercises that focus on strengthening the surrounding muscles.
Now that you have some basic information about the precautions you must take after a joint replacement procedure, you should have a clearer overview of what to expect post-surgery and how to make the necessary lifestyle changes that will follow the procedure. If you or someone you know needs to undergo a joint replacement surgery in Plano or any other place, contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to connect with a referral line physician who is an experienced joint surgeon in Plano and nearby areas. Book an appointment online or simply call 1-888-608-4762
Note:Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.
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https://www.hss.edu/files/pathway-to-recovery-total-joint-replacement.pdf Page 31-51)