Knee replacement surgery is sometimes used if a patient suffers from a stiff, painful knee that makes it difficult to perform simple, everyday activities. Knee replacement pain is a common side effect as the body begins to heal. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area shares information on how to manage pain during knee replacement recovery.
Why do Patients Undergo a Total Knee Replacement?
Total knee replacements are performed if the knee is severely damaged by an injury or arthritis. Symptoms typically include difficulty with to walk, squat, climb stairs or perform everyday activities. In most cases, the procedure is recommended only if all other nonsurgical treatments are no longer helpful.
A total knee replacement is considered a “resurfacing” of the knee because only the surfaces of the bones are replaced. This procedure offers a positive outcome for many patients, but knee replacement pain is typically associated with the knee replacement recovery process.
What can Patients Expect during Knee Replacement Recovery?
After a total knee replacement, many patients will remain in a clinical setting for a few days. The physicians will monitor pain management, possibility of blood clots and utilize simple physical therapy techniques such as moving the knee.
The success of the procedure is largely dependent on how well the patient follows instructions at home during knee replacement recovery.
Important recovery steps include:
- Proper wound care
- Proper post-surgery exercise and activity
- Preventing infection
- Preventing blood clots
- Avoiding falls or other trauma to the knee
Many patients will experience knee replacement pain, bruising and swelling following the procedure. Managing these items can be difficult without the help of a physician.