How to Handle a Knee Replacement

Knee replacements are painful and it can take quite some time to get back into the swing of things following the replacement operation. With grit, patience, and a determination to get back to doing things as you did before the knee went wonky, you'll be up and about in no time. Here are some suggestions to help you through.


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    Use the pain medication that is provided for you. Do not be afraid to consult your doctor if the 4-6 hour interval between doses doesn't manage the pain. You need to have treatment for the pain that works for you and the doctor might have to tailor it specifically.
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    Obey your physical therapist! The rules are there for a reason, so that you don't go past your limits, or so that you don't simply give up and do nothing. Follow the therapist's instructions as best you can and explain if anything is too difficult for you.
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    Be prepared for intense pain and find ways to distract yourself. The pain is intense the first 14 days post op. Have a raft of activities around you to keep your mind on other things and coping with it as it heals. Each day promises to be better as you mend.
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    Move, move, move! Keep moving - this is the best way to help your body heal and to prevent any complications from arising.


  • Do what your physical therapist says to do. If you don't you will end up with a knee replacement that won't work correctly and you have gone through all that pain for nothing!
  • Do what your doctor suggest as to whether to do the bilateral or single knee replacement. Remember he is the expert and the one with the M.D. after his name, not you!
  • The first 14 days are the worst pain you will ever have in your life!
  • Don't fall. And don't be afraid or embarrassed to use the walker and cane. If you fall, that's it. You can break the leg or dislocate the knee and then you are in real trouble!
  • If you can, do both knees at the same time, that way you don't have to go back for the second knee. Do this only if you are physically able to move yourself around with upper body strength. If you are older and less mobile this wouldn't be a good idea.
  • Please be sure not to be afraid of using pain medicines. Manage the pain and "keep on top of it". This means that when it starts to hurt right at the beginning, take the medicines right away. Don't wait the suggested time interval that is on the bottle.
  • You must check with your physician if this is okay, Let them know right away if you are still have intense pain.

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