Your knee replacement surgery should decrease discomfort and pain and help you return to doing activities you have not been able to do. There may be some movement restrictions for you to follow after your surgery. Your physical therapist will help you understand any restrictions you may have and how long you will need to follow them.
After knee replacement surgery, you may need to move differently until your knee heals. Practice the following techniques before surgery so you know what to do after surgery.
It's a good idea to have hand rails or grab bars to help with your balance and support. Have someone nearby the first few times you use the tub or shower to provide balance assistance if needed. Talk to your occupational therapist for other tips that will work for your bathroom.
Your physical therapist will review stair climbing with you in the hospital.
A large plastic bag on the car seat may help you move more easily. Also, a firm pillow under your bottom may be needed to increase the seat height so your hips are higher than your knees.
Anytime you are getting in or out of the car, have the driver park about four feet out from the curb edge and not on an incline. Also make sure that the surface you’ll be walking on is free of ice and snow.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Total Knee Replacement, fourth edition, ortho-ah-90140
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