After your operation
After the operation you will be transferred to recovery and then to a surgical ward where you will be looked after by nursing staff. We aim to have you out of bed as soon as possible after the procedure as this will really help speed up your recovery as well as reducing the chances of a blood clot. You will be seen by a physiotherapist who will help get you out of bed and moving short distances. Some patients are able to start moving on the same day as the procedure whilst others start moving on day 1 post operatively. The physiotherapist will help you progress until you are mobilising independently.
Active recovery participation
It is really important that you play an active role in your own recovery. You can contribute greatly to the success of the operation by following the advice of your healthcare team whilst in hospital and when you go home. Our physiotherapist will teach you exercises that will help strengthen your muscles. These can cause some discomfort and swelling. You will be prescribed painkillers to take home and it is important to take these as instructed as managing your pain effectively will also help you mobilise and carry out these exercises to ensure your recovery.
Your recovery at home: (print out)
It is really important to follow the advice given to you by Dr Riazi and his team in order to rehabilitate.
After you leave hospital your knee may still be painful and swollen. Continue to take your prescribed painkillers, these will help manage your pain so that you can move your knee.
It is normal for your knee to be swollen for a few weeks after surgery. You can use ice packs to help reduce the swelling. Placing a pillow under your heel to raise your leg whilst you are resting can also help ease swelling but do not place it under the knee.
Try to change knee position every hour whilst you are awake so to reduce stiffness.
As the wound heals it may feel itchy, this is a normal part of the healing process and will ease with time. You should not submerge your knee in water (avoid swimming) until the wounds are completely healed which can take approximately 10-14 days. You will have sutures running along the wound which will dissolve on their own.
If your wound becomes more swollen, increasingly hot or red contact Dr Riazi. Also watch out for any tingling, numbness in your foot that lasts longer than 24 hours.
You will be given a regimen of exercises to perform by your physiotherapist. You should aim to do 30 minutes of exercise two to three times a day. These are very important for your recovery.
By the time you are discharged you will be walking short distances safely with a walking aid which can either be a walker, crutches or a walking stick. You should start to move around freely and become less and less dependent on the walking aid that you are using. So that if you were initially using a walker, you can progress to a walking stick within a few weeks. Walking is a really good exercise for your knee and once your new knee becomes more comfortable you will be able to go for longer walks
You can normally start to drive around 6 weeks after surgery as this will be when most patients are comfortable walking.