Post Surgical Knee Instructions For Total Knee Replacement

Day 1 Post-Op: Surgical dressings are removed and bandages applied over sutures. Dressings should be changed daily or as needed.

  • Home health therapy will begin after surgery, and usually lasts for 2 weeks
  • Patella mobilizations may begin right away
  • Other exercise includes ankle pumps: when seated sit with leg fully bent or extended with heel on towel

10 Days Post-Op: Staples are taken out. Wait one day to shower. Steri-strips are applied; let them come off on their own

  • For every 5 minutes of walking patient needs to elevate leg while laying on back for 15 minutes.

First 3 weeks Post Op: Bilateral TED hose worn at all times

  • Doctor will determine whether or not a cane is needed the day after surgery.
  • Outpatient physical therapy begins as soon as home health care ends
  • Do not put pillow under knee when lying down

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