Knee 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.
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!