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Total Knee Replacement Surgery – Preparation, Risks and Recovery

Written by Knees and Hips on November 13, 2013

What are the preparations that you need to take for a total knee replacement surgery?
Knee replacement surgery is something that you should prepare for well ahead of time so that the recovery goes smoothly. To prepare for a total knee replacement surgery, it’s advised that you be as gentle as possible on your knees and get all of the equipment in your home that is necessary for you to live comfortably. Keep in mind, you are going to be on bed rest for a considerable period of time after the surgery. Having a caregiver in place to take care of you after the surgery is complete is very important. If you are not comfortable with staying in a nursing home, this is something that you need to prepare for ahead of time so that you are ready for the surgery when it comes. Most patients that need both knees replaced will have them done at the same time. This will make the recovery process smoother by only having to go through it once.

What are the risks involved during a knee replacement surgery?
There are some risks and complications that can be involved in the replacement. Excessive blood loss is one of the more common risks that can occur during the knee replacement surgery. However, after the surgery has been completed, other possible complications revolve around knee disorders and an inability for the patient to properly twist and bend their knee. Often times, these types of problems arise when the patient does not go through the recovery process successfully. If you do not exercise on a daily basis and work out your knee, it will be difficult for you to recover full use of your knee. Your knee has to get back to where it was originally and this means that you will have to bend your knees and do extensive workouts everyday. This process can actually be quite painful for someone that has just had knee replacement surgery. However, the repercussions of not doing this can be very severe, it could damage your knees for life.

What is the recovery process like for a knee replacement surgery?
The recovery process after a total knee replacement surgery is actually fairly straight forward. Right after the surgery you will be enrolled into physical therapy or you will have to complete exercises on a daily basis. These exercises will focus on your legs and your knees and they will attempt to get your knees back into proper condition. Some of the exercises include bending your knees, stretching as much as you can, lifting your legs into the air with weights placed on your thighs and other extensive workouts as well. These workouts are critical to recovery and regaining full use of your knees. The replacement surgeries are often recommended for people that have problems with their knees that are causing them to have trouble walking. However, if you do not do the recovery process thoroughly, then you may develop even worse problems in your knees than what you had before you did the surgery. Getting through physical therapy successfully can be a challenge, but it is something that you have to put all of your effort into.