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What can you do at home to recover after a total knee replacement?

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Help your wound heal. Don’t soak it in water until it’s sealed and healed. Ask your doctor for advice on when showering after surgery is safe.

Eat right. Even if you don’t have an appetite after the operation, make sure to eat nutritious foods. Your doctor may also suggest an iron supplement or fiber-rich foods to lower possible problems with medications.

Move your new knee. Chances are you’ll get a walking plan that starts inside and then takes you outside as you get stronger. On top of that, you’ll do PT moves a few times a day at home.

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Total knee replacement (arthroplasty) (Beyond the Basics).”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Total Knee Replacement,” “Total Knee Replacement Exercise Guide.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Study: Patients Who Go Home After Knee Replacement Do As Well As Those Discharged to Rehab Facility.”

Medscape: “Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Knee Replacement.”

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Total knee replacement (arthroplasty) (Beyond the Basics).”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Total Knee Replacement,” “Total Knee Replacement Exercise Guide.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Study: Patients Who Go Home After Knee Replacement Do As Well As Those Discharged to Rehab Facility.”

Medscape: “Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Knee Replacement.”

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

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