After Knee Replacement: Controlling Swelling
Swelling is common after total knee replacement. It may be worse after exercise. To help control swelling, follow the steps below.
Ice Your Knee
Wrap an ice pack or bag of frozen peas in a thin cloth, then place it on your knee. Don’t place ice directly on the skin. Don’t use ice for more than 20 minutes at a time. If you have an ice machine, use it as directed.
Elevate Your Leg
Elevate your leg above your heart. Ask your health care provider about safe positions to do this.
Do Ankle Pumps
Continue doing ankle pumps. They help reduce swelling, improve circulation, and prevent blood clots. Point, then flex both feet slowly. Repeat this 10 to 30 times each hour.