Deciding to have a knee replacement surgery may seem like a huge undertaking and making informed choices about your lifestyle and post surgical care are a large part of that task. At Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we take care of you from the pre-operative consultation all the way through your post-operative checkups. That being said, there are several things you can do to help increase your chances of having a successful operation and recovery.
Modify your diet: Usually, you will have several weeks’ notice before you actually have your knee replacement surgery. This allows you the opportunity to avoid fried or fatty foods and focus on maintaining a healthy diet. Choosing to eat healthier leading up to the surgery will decrease the risk of complications as well as speed up recovery time.
Practice limited exercise: For some weeks after your surgery, you will not have full mobility in your legs. Take the time before the operation to learn simple exercises you can do while sitting and resting your leg. The more you practice before the surgery, the more natural it will seem after. This will help keep blood moving while you are healing and avoids stagnation.
Keep it clean: You may be asked to use a special soap to wash with on either the day before or the day of your operation. Be sure to follow all of the instructions carefully, including shampooing your hair. Remember that nail polish and makeup must be taken off before surgery. Also, do not shave the surgical area within a week of your operation. The surgical team will remove any hair they need.
Remember, we are always here if you have any additional questions or concerns. Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine provides comprehensive care from diagnosis, to surgery, to recovery and beyond. Contact us at any of our convenient locations or online for an appointment to discuss your orthopaedic needs.