A total knee replacement is the substitution of weight bearing surfaces in your knee with artificial joints commonly made from mixes of plastic, ceramic, and metal. Knee replacements are commonly prescribed to those who suffer from arthritis which results in painful wear-and-tear in the knees when doing normal daily activities.
After Surgery Care
Following total knee replacement, there are three major factors that need to be monitored by a medical professional:
1) Wound healing
2) Blood clot prevention
3) Muscle strengthening
- Proper wound care speeds up the healing process by preventing infection and leaving minimal scarring. The healthier the wound, the higher the potential for you to have the best function of your knee.
- Blood clots can be very a dangerous complication and those who have had major surgery, such as total knee replacement, can be at risk. However, through proper care and exercise, blood clots can be prevented if treated and monitored diligently. You should inform your doctor if you experience any pain, tightness or swelling in your knee unrelated to your incision.
- Muscle strengthening is vital to the functionality of your knee following surgery. Proper range of motion exercises, joint mobilizations, and other modalities can all be used to improve knee function following surgery.
- A total knee replacement may seem like a scary process, but can be very simple and beneficial when in the right hands. Post-surgery rehabilitation is key to a successful total knee replacement, and all of the above services can be provided here at Yukon Wound Care and Rehab.