The period post knee replacement surgery is a difficult time but can be a very positive experience if the patient carefully follows the instructions of his/her orthopedic surgeon and maintains a positive attitude. Immediately after the surgery, the orthopedic surgeon will focus on effective pain management for the patient. Soon after, the physiotherapist will work with the patient and carry out a series of exercises and stretches to regain mobility and flexibility. Over time, the orthopedic surgeon will reduce the dosage of pain medication, while the physiotherapist will slowly increase the rigour of the exercises. The patient will be able to resume his/her day to day activities, many of which he/she may have had to give up doing pre-surgery. It is important to stay active and adhere to an exercise regime to ensure the well being of the artificial knee.
According to many patients that have undergone knee replacement surgery, the willingness of the patient and the caregiver to work hard and maintain a never say never attitude is the most important factor for a successful outcome. The sections ahead in this website will delve deeper into aspects of the post surgery rehab such as recovery timelines and exercises.