3 Recovery Tips for Knee Replacement Surgery

knee replacement surgeryIf you need to have knee replacement surgery, you know just how difficult it can be to walk everyday and deal with the constant pain. That’s why Dr. John Moore places a huge emphasis on the recovery aspect of the knee replacement surgical procedure. From participating in exercise to avoiding certain things, this article will discuss a few of the things that you should be aware of in order to have a smooth and safe recovery. Read on to learn more.

The Importance of Exercise
Although it may seem counterintuitive right after surgery to get up and move around, in order for your ligaments to heal properly and in order for your knee replacement to function like normal, you need to get up and moving. In fact, you can participate in sports such as walking, hiking, biking, swimming, and golfing. All of these activities, if done in moderation and at a slow pace at first, are easy on your knees and will help you get used to normal activity once again.

You should avoid sports that invovle moving your knees from side to side such as contact sports like basketball, soccer, or football. Additionally, things sports like running should be avoided or done in moderation following surgery because of the immense impact they put on your body.

Knowing Your Limit
There is a big difference between pushing yourself a little and knowing when enough is enough. As part of the recovery process, it’s important to know your limit. For instance, if you go on a long walk, then you probably won’t want to spend your afternoon vacuuming or walking up and down stairs doing housework. By listening to your body, you can help to prevent further injury and help your body heal and a faster rate.

Avoid Kneeling
You may not realize how much you may kneel or squat down throughout your day-to-day activities. However, kneeling and squatting can place an unruly amount of pressure on your knees and joints which can cause further issues and prevent your knees from healing properly. Try having a friend or family member kneel down for you in order to pick things up or interact with small children.

If you would like to learn more recovery tips for knee replacement surgery, contact Dr. John Moore’s office today!

How to Help Someone Through Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee Replacement SurgeryKnee replacement surgery is a fairly intensive surgery that requires a lot of rehabilitation in order to get the patient up and moving like normal again. Typically done in elderly individuals, knee replacement surgery can not only take a physical toll on someone but a mental toll on them as well. If one of your loved ones has to undergo knee replacement surgery, it’s nice to know how you can be of service. From encouraging them to walk to helping them around the house, this article will discuss a few of the ways you can help your loved one recover from knee replacement surgery.

Encourage Them to Keep Moving
One of the most challenging things that rehab facilities run into when dealing with patients who have just undergone knee replacement surgery is getting them up and walking afterward. In fact, patients will be encouraged to start moving their joints within 24 hours after surgery to prevent against any blood clots or cartilage buildup. After your loved one is released from the hospital and sent home, it’s important to encourage them to move and walk around the house a little bit with the help of a cane, walker, or crutches. Remind them that it typically won’t be until 6 weeks post surgery that they will be able to fully walk, but that a little work each day will help them meet that goal.

Speak Positively
When undergoing such an extensive type of procedure, it can be easy for patients to get down and discouraged. However, by lending a listening ear and encouraging them to keep on going, you can help your loved one to feel better both physically and mentally. Remember that the more mentally positive they feel about it, the easier it will be for them to physically heal.

Help Them Around the House
Although your loved one will be encouraged to move their joint and walk around the house a little bit each day, lend a helping hand around the house. For instance, your loved one shouldn’t be doing any sort of cleaning, lifting, or really any sort of labor intensive work. As a suggestion, offer to clean their house and bring them their groceries— that way they won’t be tempted to lift grocery bags or clean the bathroom floor.

Getting knee replacement surgery is a big deal but by lending an emotional and physical hand to your loved one, you can help them through the process. To learn more, contact Dr. John Moore’s office today!