Post-Op Tips: Knee
At home, you play a major role in your recovery. The better you care for your knee, the faster you may heal. And the faster you heal, the sooner you can resume your normal activities. Follow your doctor’s instructions about how to care for your knee after surgery.
Apply a bag of ice to your knee and elevate your knee above heart level, as directed.
For the first few days, your doctor may recommend that you not bear weight on your knee. Use a cane, crutches, or walker as advised by your doctor.
Your doctor may also prescribe pain medications or anti-inflammatories.
To prevent infection, keep your incisions dry by using a plastic bag when icing your knee or taking a shower.
Strengthening Your Knee
You may be instructed to do exercises, possibly using weights. To help strengthen your knee, follow these tips:
Start out slowly, then increase repetitions as recommended.
Take short, frequent walks each day. Ask your doctor how long your walks should be and how often you should take them.
Physical therapy may also be recommended to help you strengthen your knee and increase its range of motion.
Talk with your health care provider about what exercise program is best for you. Always tell your health care provider if an exercise causes new or lasting pain.