Taking care of your incision is important to prevent infection and scarring, and to help your knee heal properly after surgery.
You should look at your incision every day and keep it clean while it heals (unless you are wearing a dressing that your surgeon will remove at your follow-up appointment). Follow any instructions your surgeon gives you for caring for your incision.
Call your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns about how your incision is healing.
Your incision will be swollen, bruised (black and blue in color) and may be red after surgery. If you had a drain placed during surgery, you may see bruising anywhere from your thigh down to your toes. These symptoms are common and part of the healing process.The following symptoms are also common after surgery:
It's important to monitor your symptoms every day to make sure your incision is healing properly.
Your incision will still be sore after two weeks but you should be able to see a decrease in swelling, bruising and redness. It's important that you continue to keep your incision clean and dry as it heals.
You should feel an improvement in the amount of pain you have after six weeks. Continue to monitor the appearance of your incision and your symptoms as you begin to return to your normal activities.
Call your surgeon if you have:
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Your leg will have swelling and bruising after surgery.
Redness along your incision is also common.
What your incision should look like two weeks after surgery.
What your incision should look like six weeks after surgery.