The most important step in caring for your total knee replacement is choosing the right orthopedic clinic. You will want to choose an experienced surgeon and dedicated physical therapy team to ensure you get the best care for your total knee replacement. At ORTHOKnox orthopedic clinics, we have a board-certified surgeon who is experienced in traditional knee replacement surgery and surgery via MAKOplasty®, which involves the use of 3D imaging and a robotic arm, requires a smaller incision, and results in a quicker recovery. We also have on-site physical therapists ready to prepare you for surgery and help in your recovery. Set up a consultation with our clinic to see if we are the best fit for you. We would love to provide excellent care for you and your knee from the first meeting to your full recovery and beyond. We discuss our other top tips for caring for a total knee replacement below!
How do you care for a total knee replacement?
- Live a healthy lifestyle: If possible, you should try to achieve and maintain a healthy weight before your knee surgery. The less weight on the joint, the less work it has to do. Balance healthy eating with an active lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight. Staying active will be easier with a new knee!
- Physical therapy: Your physical therapist will teach you exercises and stretches to help you adjust to your new knee. These movements will help to strengthen your knee and the surrounding muscles, improve your flexibility, and help with your mobility. Your rehabilitation program will be tailored to you and evolve with your progress.
- Follow-up appointments: These are necessary to attend because your surgeon will monitor your recovery progress at these appointments and update your rehabilitation instructions. These appointments are also a good time to ask any questions you may have.
- Pain and other medications: Take pain medications as directed by your doctor. Some patients use ice and elevate their knee to relieve swelling. Check with your surgeon and primary doctors about any other medications you typically take. They will let you know if you can continue or when to restart those medications.
- Take care of your incision site: Your doctor will give you specific instructions, including keeping your incision site clean and dry (for a few days). You will want to monitor the incision for signs of infection such as swelling, redness, warmth, or drainage.
- Gradually return to activities: Protect your operated knee by choosing activities with a low risk of falling or collisions, such as swimming or walking. Try to stay on even surfaces and wear supportive shoes. Your doctor and physical therapist can form a plan for you to return to an active lifestyle without putting too much stress on your new knee.
Treatment for a Total Knee Replacement in Knoxville and Athens, TN
With its on-site physical therapists, team of dedicated doctors including a board-certified surgeon, and Orthopedic Urgent Care that is available without an appointment, ORTHOKnox has got you covered. For more information about how ORTHOKnox can perform your knee surgery or help with your postop care, call (865) 251-3030, or fill out our easy-to-use online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you!