Immediately after the surgery you will be shifted to the recovery room where you will be observed for a period of one hour before being shifted to your own room. You will be able to meet your relatives in the recovery room. After assessing your vitals, you will be then shifted out of the recovery room.
Most People feel that there is intense pain after Total Knee Replacement Surgery and hence they are very scared of the surgery and the post-surgery period.
Remember that the primary reason for opting for Total Knee Replacement Surgery is to have a pain-free life and this life starts immediately once you are taken in the operation theater.
We use spinal anesthesia along with epidural analgesia or femoral block during surgery. During the period of surgery you will be completely relaxed and will feel no pain due to the above two.
We insert a catheter in your back (epidural) or thigh (femoral) which stays there for 48 hours after surgery. This tube is attached to an computerized pump which gives controlled doses of pain medication This procedure is done by our specially trained anesthetist.
We start soft diet 5 hrs after surgery. You will be visited by the anesthetist and by Dr. Rajesh Garg in the evening of the surgery.
On the day after the surgery, your surgeon will begin Knee Rehabilitation Exercises for speedy recovery, which were taught to you prior to the surgery begun. All these exercises help in improving body circulation and the circulation of the operated limb there by reducing the swelling. It also prepares you for early walking. These exercises also help in reducing the incidence of calf clots (deep vein thrombosis and lung complications pulmonary embolism) secondary to calf clots.
Upper Limb exercises: Done either in sitting or propped up in bed.
Lower Limb exercises:
Visit by Dr. Rajesh Garg in the morning
Life after Total Knee Replacement Surgery is bound to slowly improve through a combination of good diet, rehabilitation exercises and adequate rest. Soon you will find that strength and mobility in your joints to go back to your day-to-day activities.
Returning to sports after a surgery should be a realistic goal for all, but it shouldn’t be just that. A good sportsperson should always aim at prolonging their sports career and that’s only possible when a rehab regime specified by the therapist is strictly followed. Recovery from Sports Injuries & Orthopaedic Surgery varies with age, overall health.