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FAQ After Knee Replacement Surgery: All Your Concerns Resolved

Posted on 05/09/2022 by CMRI


For patients suffering from disabling knee pain or damage, knee replacement surgery is a life-changing treatment option. However, if your doctor has recommended knee replacement surgery, you are likely to have questions about the procedure. In this article, we've explored a few frequently asked questions with our experts practicing joint replacement surgery in Kolkata. Keep on reading to learn more.

 

Is it necessary for me to use compression stockings following knee replacement surgery?

 

The majority of patients do not require compression stockings after surgery. They do not prevent blood clots, but they may help with edema in some people.

 

When should you consider having knee replacement surgery?

 

An orthopedic evaluation can help evaluate your pain levels and allow your doctor to understand how your pain impacts your daily life. Experiencing knee pain on a daily basis without alleviation might lead to having surgery.

How long do I need to take pain relievers following surgery?

 

You can stop taking pain relievers two to four weeks after surgery. You should consult with your doctor about the same.

Do you need physiotherapy after knee replacement surgery?

 

Outpatient rehabilitation should begin within 3-5 days of leaving the hospital.

Most patients attend physiotherapy 2-3 times per week for the first 6 weeks after surgery. You will also perform exercises at home as recommended by your physiotherapist.

 

Is it OK to kneel or bend my knees following knee replacement surgery?

 

Tenderness and difficulties while kneeling are common in the first few months after surgery, but this normally improves with time.

 

What can you expect right after knee replacement surgery?

 

It's normal to feel unsteady and uncertain after being discharged because you're still getting used to walking again. You may need to take pain relievers as you heal, and you will most likely need to use a walker or crutches for the next six weeks or so, as well as a cane. Keep in contact with your doctor, or orthopedic surgeon, so that you can ask questions, discuss any concerns, and report on how your joint is healing.

When can you go back to your daily life?

Individual outcomes will differ. Make sure to follow up with your doctor and orthopedic specialist on their recommendations and advice.

 

How long does a knee replacement last?

 

The knee replacement surgeries are mostly successful. Over time, the prosthetic may suffer from wear and tear and become loose, necessitating a revision or repeat of the operation. The lifespan of an artificial joint is determined by both age and activity level.

 

Do not delay knee replacement surgery if your doctor has recommended it. As delayed surgery may have an impact on the surgical outcome. You can approach our specialists practicing joint replacement surgery in Kolkata for a second opinion or consultation.