Before proceeding with surgery, it is important to become an advocate for yourself. Make sure you understand the surgery and what to expect in the weeks and months following.
We know the idea of surgery can cause anxiety and leave you with many unanswered questions.
Recovery from joint replacement surgery can be full of challenges along the way.
Patients who know what to expect after surgery, generally have excellent perspective on their progress and feel less anxious during their recovery period.
The first couple of days after surgery is typically the most uncomfortable. After discharged from the hospital, remember to stay ahead of the pain with ice, elevation, rest, and the judicious use of pain medicines.
Your physical therapist will show you how to get in and out of bed, and how to use the crutches or the walker. A nurse or occupational therapist will show you the best way to dress, bathe, and use the toilet.
Once you leave the hospital, you might move into a rehab facility. At rehab, a team of nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, among others, will put together a program based on your condition and health. In addition to making you stronger, the staff will help you manage any pain you might have. They’ll also show you how to care for yourself when you go home.
In the end, the pain you once experienced will be greatly reduced. You’ll be able to do most things that you’ve done in the past before your knee became damaged.