The two words you wanted to hear the least from the mouth of the M.D. – knee surgery. Questions abound in your head as to what is needed, what will happen and the like. This is perfectly normal. One thing that many do not consider is the recovery period from knee surgery. Before we get to that, let’s take a quick look at some common surgeries.
1. Bilateral Knee Replacement – This is the most major of all surgeries. The surgeon(s) replace both knees at one time.
2. ACL – Anterior Cruciate Ligament – This is for knee stabilization when a ligament is torn in the middle. You see this with a lot of athletes playing sports like soccer and football.
3. Torn meniscus – Meniscus is Greek for moon. The meniscus tear can be removed or repaired. But latest studies have shown that Physical Therapy has been more effective than surgery. Read more about it here.
4. MicroFracture Surgery – This is when the surgeon “bleeds the bone” to stimulate healthy re growth of cartilage.
KNEE SURGERY RECOVERY
All people recover at different rates. A minor surgery, like meniscus, is likely to take much less time than the total knee replacement. For the best recovery and back to your regular life, follow these recommendations.
1. Pre-surgery instructions – This is important for you, your safety and the best surgery possible. Questions should be shared with the physician.
2. Caring for the site – Post healing means avoiding infection and helping the incision heal fast. Pay attention to all instructions.
3. Pain management – You may have some medications to take. Take them according to the orders.
Lastly, you will need a rehabilitation plan. We at Raritan Physical Therapy will work with you and your physician to come up with a plan to get you back to your regular activity levels in a short a time as possible after your knee surgery. If you have any questions about your potential rehabilitation plan, contact us at the office. We will be glad to talk to you about what you can expect based on your surgical needs.