5 things you probably don’t know about getting a knee replacement

Do you have knee pain? You are not alone. Knee pain, joint damage and arthritis in the knee are becoming more and more common.

If your pain becomes severe and is holding you back from doing the things you love, your doctor might suggest that you undergo knee replacement surgery.

Here are five things you probably didn’t know about getting a knee replacement.

1. You will walk the day after surgery.

Sometimes patients walk a few steps using a walker on the day of the surgery. Generally physio will start you walking short distances the day after surgery. Getting your knee moving is essential to avoid stiffness.

2. You might be asked to do homework before your surgery.

Your doctor may advise you to undertake certain exercises to strengthen the muscles around your knee prior to surgery, which can help you to have a faster and easier recovery time.

3. Only some people go to rehab after surgery.

Most people are ready to go directly home four or five days after knee replacement surgery. Occasionally you may need to go to a rehab hospital for a bit of extra work before being ready to go home. This is generally something that can be organised after your surgery if it is required.

4. Enjoying a morning or evening walk is one of the best things you can do for recovery.

Getting back to an active lifestyle is not only your goal post knee replacement surgery, it’s also part of your physical rehabilitation program. Going for a walk regularly is one of the best things you can do to get your new knee feeling normal.

5. You can make your life easier by preparing for your recovery.

It is important to plan for your recovery prior to your surgery by setting up a comfortable place for you to rest and making home life as easy as possible. Cook some meals and freeze them, create clear pathways and make sure the TV remote, books, medication, water and telephone are within easy access for when you get home.

Dr Stuart MacKenzie is one of the top orthopaedic surgeons in Newcastle and the Hunter and has extensive experience helping people to get moving again through robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery.

19 Aug 2017

Published by Stuart MacKenzie

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