Taking Care After Knee Replacement Surgery

January 4, 2020

 Taking Care after Knee Replacement Surgery

 

A knee replacement surgery relieves the pain that a person might be suffering from for a long period of time. With it, rejoicing daily activities whole-heartedly becomes a reality. However, post joint replacement surgery, your loved ones may get frustrated and not recover well if they don’t receive adequate care during the recovery period. Adequate care is necessary post-surgery, or the entire exercise of going through the operation may prove to be futile due to lack of post-operative care.

Stay beside them during this transitional phase to assure smooth recovery. Go through this blog to learn how you can look after the loved ones’ health post a knee replacement surgery.

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  • Prep your home

According to the patient’s needs; be well equipped and stock up on items which can ease and speed up the recovery process:

  • Extra pillows for support
  • Ice Packs for knee
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Walkers/Crutches
  • Non-slippery footwear
  • Bandages/Tapes for dressing changes
  • Soft lightings
  • Clean beddings
  • Necessary toiletries

 

  • Medication

Ensure that the patient receives prescribed medication on time daily. Discuss with the doctor about the patient’s progress and share any concerns that bother you. Check for any signs of inflammation and talk with the doctor accordingly.

  • Household Chores

It can be strenuous taking care of the patient and doing daily household chores as well. As a caretaker, it is essential to stay in good health to cater to the patient’s needs. Consider outside help to keep the house well sanitized and germ-free.

  • Monitor the recovery process

Not all patients respond in the same manner to medications. Monitor the daily progress of the patient and check for any usual signs or symptoms. In case of changes in body temperature, pain, inflammation or an allergic reaction, contact the doctor immediately.

  • Physiotherapy

Consult a good physiotherapist or talk to your doctor regarding exercises to start with. Rehab exercises help in resuming daily activities like climbing stairs, walking, etc. Plan a routine with the doctor to exercise a little regularly.

  • Nutritious Diet

To accelerate the healing process, make sure that the patient receives a healthy balanced diet, rich in nutrient value. Prepare freshly cooked food and avoid excess oil or spices. Provide foods that are wholesome and easily digestible. Ensure adequate hydration in the form of organic juices, soups and, water as well.

  • Emotional Support

The patient might go through mood swings and feel weak post-surgery. Listen to motivational music, watch inspiring movies and read positive books together. Encourage them and provide mental/emotional support when needed.

Communicate with the patient as much as possible – be honest, and share your thoughts and opinions with them. Remember to stay patient and calm, as recovery process differs from person to person. Remain in contact with the doctor and remember; time heals all wounds!

Content Reviewed by – Asian Hospital Medical Editors