Recovery after surgery
The following contains only a general description of the post-operative activities that are usually suggested by health care professionals . Please do not use this information as a medical prescription of postoperative care; always refer to your surgeon’s directions for adequate post-operative therapy.
1 HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THE HOSPITAL?
Most knee patients are in the hospital between 1 - 3 days after their surgery. However it could depend on many factors and your surgeon will determine this.
2 WHAT IF I LIVE ALONE? WILL I NEED HELP AT HOME?
Talk to your family and friends about your surgery and explain how they can help once you return home. Some of the ways they can help are: doing housework and yard work, driving, shopping and making meals; taking you to and from appointments; staying with you, if you live alone and need help; giving you medication by needle; and helping with your bandages.
If someone depends on you for care, it is recommend to arrange for someone else to give the care while you are recovering.
3 WILL I NEED EQUIPMENT BEFORE I GO HOME?
You will either be probably using a walker or crutches when you go home. The physical therapist and your physician will help you decide which is safest and how long to use each device. A tub bench and grab bars in the tub or shower may be helpful. Those items would be best purchased and installed before your surgery.
4 WILL I REQUIRE PHYSIOTHERAPY AFTER MY PROCEDURE?
Your rehabilitation schedule may start as soon as the day of surgery while you are in the hospital.
Your surgeon’s office will set it up for you. You will be given exercises to perform at home, which are designed to increase your range of motion, mobility and strength. Your surgeon will provide you with a list of “do’s and don’ts” after surgery and your rehabilitation team will work with you to design a specific program based on your individual situation.
5 WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO DRIVE?
The ability to drive depends on whether surgery was on your right or left leg, the type of prosthesis you received, the type of car you drive and what type of approach that was performed. You will need to discuss the specifics of your case with your surgeon.