What Precautions Should I Take After Knee Surgery?
After knee surgery, you should not pivot or twist on the involved leg for at least six weeks. Also during this time, when lying in bed, you should keep the involved knee as straight as possible. Kneeling and squatting also should be avoided soon after knee surgery.
Your physical therapist will provide you with techniques and adaptive equipment that will help you follow guidelines and precautions while performing daily activities. Remember, not following the given precautions could result in the dislocation of your newly replaced joint.
How Can I Manage at Home During Recovery?
The following tips should make your recovery at home easier.
Stair climbing should be kept to a minimum. Make the necessary arrangements so that you will only have to go up and down the steps once or twice a day.
A firm, straight-back chair is extremely helpful in adhering to these joint precautions. Recliners should not be used.
To help avoid falls, all throw rugs should be removed from the floor and rooms should be kept free of unnecessary debris.
Enthusiastic pets should be kept far away until you have healed.
You should ask your doctor before returning to such activities as driving, sexual activity, and exercise.