He or she will tell you which medications you should stop taking and which you should continue to take before surgery. Avoiding Problems After Surgery Blood Clot Prevention Follow your orthopaedic surgeon's instructions carefully to reduce the risk of blood clots developing during the first several weeks of your recovery. Wear a bracelet or necklace that says you take this medicine. A Total Joints Nurse Coordinator is also available to ensure a smooth transition from surgery to recovery. Do not do an activity until your healthcare provider says you are ready.
It is important to keep your knee straight. You will need regular blood tests. For many people, the first few days at home are the most difficult. Medical Evaluation If you decide to have total knee replacement surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon may ask you to schedule a complete physical examination with your family physician several weeks before the operation. Blood clots may form in one of the deep veins of the body.
You may continue to bandage the wound to prevent irritation from clothing or support stockings. The undersurface of the patella kneecap is cut and resurfaced with a plastic button. To restore movement in your knee and leg, your surgeon may use a knee support that slowly moves your knee while you are in bed. You may receive a stool softener medicine to help prevent constipation. You probably will be able to perform the exercises without help, but you may have a physical therapist help you at home or in a therapy center the first few weeks after surgery. Many medicines cannot be used with blood thinners.
A is not evidenced by signs and symptoms, as the problem has not occurred and nursing interventions are directed at prevention. Since then, improvements in surgical materials and techniques have greatly increased its effectiveness. In a healthy knee, these structures work together to ensure smooth, natural function and movement. Medications are often prescribed for short-term pain relief after surgery. You should also be able to use the toilet without much help. Further information Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Your orthopaedic surgeon will gather information about your general health and ask you about the extent of your knee pain and your ability to function. This may also involve changing dressings and picking up medical supplies, like bandages, as needed. Fractures of the bones surrounding the knee or tears of the knee ligaments may damage the articular cartilage over time, causing knee pain and limiting knee function. Try to stay in positions that do not bend your knee. Clots can cause strokes, heart attacks, and death. These can cause you to trip and fall. All illustrations and images included in CareNotes® are the copyrighted property of A.
Major medical complications such as heart attack or stroke occur even less frequently. The damaged cartilage surfaces at the ends of the femur and tibia are removed along with a small amount of underlying bone. Your pain and stiffness should get better with exercise. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. He or she may tell you it is okay to dust or do dishes. The recovery period is no time to be a martyr.
If you found any images copyrighted to yours, please contact us and we will remove it. In addition, your orthopaedic surgeon will explain the potential risks and complications of total knee replacement, including those related to the surgery itself and those that can occur over time after your surgery. Use a soft washcloth on your skin, and a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth. Put hand rails in the bathtub or shower and next to the toilet. Your loved one may find that walking or exercising is painful. For many people, this means walking for 30 minutes two to three times daily.
Your physician may refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon for a thorough evaluation to determine if you might benefit from this surgery. You may be able to go home shortly after surgery. Minor infections in the wound area are generally treated with antibiotics. People who have a prosthesis, such as an artificial joint, need to carefully protect themselves against infection. You may find it helpful to use a daily medication dispenser. Wear shoes that fit well and have nonskid soles. A physical therapist may visit you at home to make sure your home is set up safely for you as you recover.
These clots can be life-threatening if they break free and travel to your lungs. Standing, sitting, and moving from room to room may be difficult for your loved one. Although uncommon, when these complications occur, they can prolong or limit full recovery. Watch for blood in your urine and bowel movements. Step 3: TotalCare for Surgery Patients Patients who are scheduled for surgery have access to this free online educational system that provides you and anyone else you designate with comprehensive information before and after surgery.