Questions to Ask Your Doctor After Knee Replacement
Below are a few questions you may want to ask your doctor after your knee replacement surgery2:
- Will I be going home or to a rehabilitation facility?
- How long will I need to use my cane/crutch/walker once I am home?
- When can I start placing weight on my new knee?
- How much walking can I do?
- Will I have pain when I start walking?
- Will I have pain medicines when I go home? What is the proper way to take them?
- What type of supplies will I need when I get home?
- Can I take a shower, bath or soak in the hot tub?
- Do you have any tips on how to make bathroom and shower use easier?
- How do I take care of my surgical wound?
Going Home After Knee Replacement
After total knee replacement surgery, you may be able to return to most of your activities, but it can take time. Before you leave the hospital, you will need to be able to1:
- Have good pain management
- Perform prescribed home exercises
- Get in and out of bed on your own
- Walk with a cane, crutches or walker and climb up and down two or three stairs
- Be able to eat, drink and use the bathroom
- Have an understanding of injury prevention and how to ensure proper healing of your knee
Your hospital staff will educate you on warning signs of infection or blood clot and any other possible complications.
Improved Physical Therapy and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) with VERASENSE
A study of 57 consecutive sensor-assisted vs. 57 consecutive manual total knee replacement patients has shown statistically significant improvement with PROMs and physical therapy performance. All surgeries were performed by the same surgeon. PROMs measure such factors as pain, function and Clinic Range of Motion (ROM). VERASENSE patients experienced the following after Sensor-Assisted Total Knee Replacement3:
- Faster improvement in PROMs
- Significantly higher Clinic ROM and improvement in Clinic ROM compared to their own ROM before surgery.
- More patients achieved active deep flexion during physical therapy
Learn about patients’ experiences with the use of VERASENSE in total knee replacement: Patient Stories.
in your area who uses VERASENSE in Sensor-Assisted Total Knee Replacement procedures.
1 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website. Accessed May 19, 2017.
2 Medline Plus website. US National Library of Medicine. Accessed May 19, 2017.
3 The Use of Intraoperative Sensors Significantly Increases the Patient-Reported Rate of Improvement in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty. Orthopedics. 2017 (In Press).