Knee Replacement after a certain point in time and age is the only way to relieve symptoms of the knee especially end stage arthritis, pain, and to return to normal function. The first step is to find a qualified surgeon and get a consultation. The physician will be able to determine the condition of your knee and decide on whether you require total or partial knee replacement. Once you have decided on the physician and the type of replacement, next comes to look for a home healthcare worker (nurse or attendant) and a physiotherapist to help make the postoperative period easy and to promote faster recovery.
Why Home Care?
Any surgeon, be it minor or major, requires a lot of planning from looking after the monetary expenses of the surgery to that recovery and the post recovery lifestyle modifications which are important. The presence of a home healthcare worker means that the patient is well cared for and looked after. The first few days after the knee replacement surgery can be difficult as the patients are not allowed to put too much pressure or weight on the operated leg. A caregiver can assist in performing personal duties like bathing, toilet hygiene, reminding medicines, assisting in movement, light exercises, and above all, provide the emotional support that is very important for a stable and strong recovery.
Essentials At Home?
After knee replacement, there are a few things to keep in mind and to make available readily at home for the patient which can make it more convenient like
Pillows or pulley for foot elevation
Dressing and bandages for the surgery site
Walker or crutches for ambulation support
Do You Need A Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapy plays a very vital role in recovery. Nowadays with most physicians asking knee replacement patients to start walking from day 2, requires the assistance of a physiotherapist to help pave the way for a faster recovery.