Knee and hip surgery come under the category of major joint replacement surgeries. These surgeries count as some of the most crucial surgeries of all.
Why is it so?
Our almost complete body depends on your lower body joints and entire weight burdens our knees, hips joints and ankles. This is why it is very important to provide complete relief to them so that they can provide full support to our body.
Let’s see some of the healthy tips and facts that can help the patient after a hip or knee replacement surgery.
Activities After Knee Replacement
After a knee or hip replacement, you might not lead a normal life as before, and this is especially for active sports players. You cannot expect such kind of normalcy in your daily lifestyle. But due to a lot of advancement in the medical field and technologies and tools, the patient can feel a lot same as it was before surgery. This will take the time to return to normal lifestyle because the more time period you will give to the healing process the more you will get alright and turn it to be a successful surgery.
Even though you are confirmed to return to your daily activities or chores, make sure you are avoiding doing things that place excessive stress on your new knee and hip area. For example – avoid vigorous jumping, sudden sitting on the ground or cemented floor, excessive jogging and etc.
You will be discharged after 1 to 4 days of operation or surgery. Depending on the speed of your recovery, you will be discharged from the hospital but there are some simple goals which are mandatory to achieve to get the discharge certificate:
• Getting in and out of bed by yourself
• An acceptable pain
• Being able to eat, drink, and use the bathroom normally or without any support
• Walking with an assistive device such as a cane, walker, or crutches is acceptable
• Being able to climb up and down two or three stairs
• Perform knick-knack from the daily chores or simples prescribed home exercises
If you are not able to accomplish any of the above-written things then the best knee replacement doctors won’t take you in the fit category and consider it unsafe for you to go directly home after discharge. In this case, you will be given temporary rehabilitation and a skilled nurse will always support you to do your daily chores.
Below are some of the warning signs of infection
• Persistent fever
• Shaking chills
• Increasing redness, tenderness or swelling at or around the wound
• Drainage from your wound
• Increasing pain
• Blood Clot
• Pain in your leg or calf or hip joints
• Tenderness or redness
• Increasing swelling
If it is a case of blood, then it may travel to your heart and lungs causing lethal damage and even spot death as well.
Recovery at Home
After the hip replacement surgery, you will need to spend around 3-4 weeks at home and should seek help in doing the chores.
Here are some more advanced tips for various situations:
Keep the wound area clean and dry and should go to the hospital on the said dates by the surgeons or doctors. Notify your doctor immediately, if any sudden bleeding or pain happens at the wound area.
Wear compression stockings to prevent any kind of friction at the surface and it will also reduce the swelling.
Take all medications on time and as directed by the doctor. Doctors may suggest you some narcotic and non-narcotic pain pills, oral or injectable blood thinners, stool softeners, and anti-nausea medications.
At home, you should be eating a normal diet and balanced diet. Remember the more non-spicy will your food, more readily you will get recovered. Your doctor may recommend you take iron and vitamin supplements. Drink water as frequently as you can.