Total joint replacement surgery is generally meant to accomplish two main things: (1) to help you regain function in that joint, and (2) to reduce or eliminate your pain. After the surgery, you’ll want to take certain steps to keep yourself comfortable while you recover fully.
The following are a few things you can expect during your post-op (post-operation) recovery period after having total joint replacement surgery:
Wearing Compression Stockings
Because recovering from a major surgery involves a lot of time resting, you will be advised to wear compression stockings on your legs in order to prevent blood clots from developing – which tends to happen due to inactivity. This is especially the case if you had surgery on your hip or knee, thereby affecting your ability to get up and move. The slight compression from the stockings helps to facilitate blood flow and healthy circulation.
Taking Pain Medication
You’ll be given a pain medication to take as prescribed, and as needed as you recover. The pain should naturally decrease as you heal, so you will require less and less medication as your recuperation progresses.
Maintaining the Dressing and Bandages
Your surgeon will give you instructions regarding how to keep your bandages clean and dry. You should not allow the area to get wet; if it does get wet, contact your surgeon’s office. Depending on the type of surgery you have, you will either maintain the dressings yourself or you will be asked to return to the physician’s office to have the bandages changed.
Participating in Physical Therapy
During your recovery, you’ll need to undergo physical therapy in order to learn how to move your new joint safely and without damaging it. Physical therapy will help you to slowly regain usage of that joint and to strengthen the surrounding muscles. You’ll also be taught specific, easy exercises and stretches to continue performing at home to optimize your recovery.
Moving and Exercising
Your physical therapist (PT) will advise you about how to stay moving during your recovery. You will be encouraged not to sit for too long during the day, and instead to get up and do some mild movements – nothing difficult. Having a joint replacement is performed to enhance your lifestyle so you can engage in most or all of the activities you’ve always loved to do.
Total Joint Replacement Surgery in Watertown, NY
Here at the medical offices of North Country Orthopaedic Group, we take care of you through the entire process of having a total joint replacement and your post-op care while you recover. Our orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, physical therapists, and our entire team are here to provide you with the highest level of care.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact our friendly staff at North Country Orthopaedic Group today by calling (315) 782-1650 or fill out our appointment request tool online now. We look forward to helping you get back to enjoying life once again!