Total Knee Replacement Physiotherapy
We see many patients following total knee replacement surgery and we pride ourselves on our ability to see our patients from preoperative assessment through to postoperative care on the ward and then physio outpatients appointments after your discharge.
Our Physiotherapy team are skilled at helping our patients to get the best out of their new joint following this operation. There are many benefits to seeing your physiotherapist after this surgery; it is generally advised that the first 7-8 weeks following this surgery are very important in getting as much movement as possible out of your new joint. Before your surgery we will arrange a preoperative discussion with the physiotherapy team, to go over any questions you may have.
Preoperatively will we need to know:
- Will you need to practice climbing stairs
- Are there steps into or in your home
- Will you have the support of family/friends on discharge
- Do you have a walk-in shower or a bath
On the day of the operation, your physio will plan to get you up and standing once it is safe to do so.
This early mobilisation helps reduce pain in the long term. The next day, we will aim to get you walking further – possibly on crutches. If you have any concerns regarding your discharge home please let us know at any time.
Once discharged from the ward, we will arrange to see you in the hospital’s outpatients department. Here we will advise you on further exercise and getting the most of your new joint. This is a great time to discuss any plans or activities you may be hoping to return to.
Some things you may need:
- Ice pack(s)
- Raised toilet seat with or without a frame
- Perching stool
- Walking aid – pair of crutches or frame
- Walking frame with a caddy
- Extended shoehorn
- Leg lift
- Handy grabber
- Sock aid
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