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.
To sit down:
To get off the chair/toilet:
If the chair does not have arms, approach it from the side. Place your involved leg forward.Reach back for the side edge of the chair and sit down, then turn yourself to face forward in the chair.
To get out of the armless chair:
It is 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.
To get out of the tub, bring each leg over the tub edge.
Your therapist will review stair climbing with you in the hospital.
A large plastic bag on the car seat may help you move more easily. Anytime you are getting in or out of the car, have the driver park about 4 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, third edition, ortho-ahc-90140
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