Preparing for your knee surgery recovery Vero Beach & Port St. Lucie

Preparing for your knee surgery recovery Vero Beach & Port St. Lucie

January 17, 2018
Bill Dugalss

If you have an upcoming knee surgery scheduled, then it's important to understand that the success of your knee surgery depends not just on the procedure itself, but also on the recovery period. Most patients end up staying in the hospital for roughly four days following a knee surgery. Once you return home, you'll want to focus on recovering. The following is some important knee surgery advice to help you prepare for your recovery period at home:

  • Declutter your home - You're going to need space to walk in considering the fact that you'll most likely be depending on a walker to get around. Go through your home and make sure that the floors are clear so that you won't trip on anything. You may need to move furniture out of the way to clear up more space as well.
  • Invest in fall prevention equipment - You may have some trouble with your balance as you recover, which means that you should consider installing fall prevention equipment to help improve the safety of your home. This can include installing handrails in the bathroom, adding nonslip mats to slippery floors and more.
  • Set up a recovery area - You are going to spend a few weeks sitting around due to the inability to move very well. Prepare a recovery area that includes a comfortable chair to relax in, such as a recliner, and place items you need within reach, such as a phone, your glasses, books, water, medication and more.
  • Make your bed easy to access - Sleep is vital to any type of physical recovery. However, your bed may be located on the second floor, making it difficult to access with your limited mobility. You may want to set up a sleeping area downstairs that you'll be able to reach with ease during your recovery period.
  • Ask friends and family for help - It's going to be difficult to perform some of the activities that you're used to doing, such as changing bandages, cooking meals, doing your chores, going grocery shopping and more. Don't be afraid to turn to your friends and family for help because you will likely need it.

This knee surgery advice will help you to prepare for a successful recovery period following your surgery. Once you have recovered from your surgery, you're likely going to need physical therapy. Contact us at Advanced Motion Therapeutic to schedule a physical therapy session today.