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RehabilitationRehabilitationRestoration, following disease, illness, or injury, of the ability to function in a normal or near-normal mann... after surgerysurgeryThe branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease, injury, and deformity by operation or manipula... plays an extremely important role in making patients‘ ligamentligamentA band of flexible, fibrous connective tissue that is attached at the end of a bone near a joint. The main fun... repairs a success. Here are some simple guidelines patients can follow to help with their rehabilitation.
Follow the surgeon's and physical therapist's instructions carefully.
Keep up with your exercises. Be sure to follow the directions of the physical therapist.
Engage in lower-stress activities. These may include:
(Note: this is not a complete list).
Ask your physician or physical therapist before engaging in the following activities:
Patients need to take care of their lungs. The tissues of the body need plenty of oxygen to heal properly. If the lungs are not exercised properly, it can lead to poor blood oxygen levels and may even cause pneumonia.
Manage painpainAn unpleasant sensation associated with actual or potential tissue damage, and mediated by specific nerve fibe... as directed. Patients should be sure to take pain medications as prescribed by their doctor. If their medication is not relieving the pain sufficiently, they should tell their doctor.
Control swelling to help reduce pain and improve circulation and range of motion. Put ice cubes in a sealable plastic bag, wrap it in a towel (or they could burn the skin) and apply to the knee. Patients should also elevate their knee. In bed this can be done with pillows to lift the knee above the level of the heart.
Rest. It's important to get plenty of sleep to help the ligaments heal. If patients are having problems sleeping, they should speak to their doctor. He or she can recommend an over-the-counter sleep aid or prescribe medication.
Patients should not participate in high-impact activities or activities with a high risk of injury. These include those that can result in falling, getting tangled with opponents or fracturing the boneboneThe hard tissue that provides structural support to the body. It is primarily composed of hydroxyapatite cryst... around the implant.
In addition, patients should not participate in any of the following activities:
(Note: this is not a complete list)
Patient‘s should not twist the knee. Instead, turn the entire body to avoid stress on the knee. Avoid any jarring forces on the knee.
Dental work or surgical procedures on the bladder or colon shouldn‘t be scheduled without consulting the surgeon first. These can cause bacteriabacteriaOne of five types of microorganisms that commonly causes disease, characterized by absence of a nucleus and en... to enter the bloodstream and may lead to infection in the new jointjointThe junction or articulation of two or more bones that permits varying degrees of motion between the bones.. Before patients have any procedures done, they should discuss them with their surgeon. Also, patients should make sure every doctor they visit knows about their knee replacement surgery so each doctor can take the appropriate precautions against infection.
Avoid lifting heavy objects. Doing so can cause damage to the new knee.
Patients should try not to push themselves too hard.