Total Knee Replacement
What is a Total Knee Replacement?
Why do I need one?
What happens in a Total Knee Replacement procedure?
Your knee joint is then X-rayed and tested to ensure it has a normal range of motion. The whole joint is then flushed and cleaned with a sterile solution. A small, temporary drainage tube is inserted, and the incision is closed and covered in a sterile dressing.
It’s a good idea to make sure that you have someone at home with you after your procedure. You’ll also need to make sure that you don’t have to climb any stairs to get to your bed or bathroom for the first few weeks after surgery.
Rehabilitation processes will begin soon after surgery. A physical therapist will teach you how to exercise your leg and restore knee movement. He or she will also show you several home-based exercises that you will need to do.
You will be on crutches for the first four to six weeks after surgery, however it can take around three months for the pain and swelling to settle down. Most patients find that they can return to normal activities within six to twelve months after surgery.