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Taking Care of Your New TKR

I found an interesting article while doing Internet research. I found it on a popular physical therapy site known as The Physiotherapy Site. Here it is…

Your new knee replacement will give you years of good service if you look after it.
These are a few guidelines so you can cope more easily and get the best out of your
knee in the long term. For more detailed advice refer to your physiotherapist.

Sitting
Use a chair with arms to help you stand up and sit down more easily.
Get up regularly and have a short walk about to prevent stiffness and promote
circulation.
You may need to keep your leg up at times to prevent swelling.
Lifting
Do not lift heavy objects.

Riding in a car
To get in, sit onto the seat by putting your bottom in first, then move your legs in
afterwards. Reverse the process to get out.

Returning to work
• A sedentary job may be possible four to six weeks after surgery.
• A more demanding job involving prolonged activity may need to be delayed for
three months or longer.
• Some jobs are unsuitable – using ladders, roof work, building jobs
• Pushing, pulling or lifting heavy weights is unwise.

Sports
• Suitable, depending on circumstances: walking, bicycling, swimming, bowls, golf
Not suitable: jogging, running, jumping, racquet sports, football.

Personal care
A walk in shower is recommended and a shower stool or chair may be helpful to sit on.
You can have a bath as you are able as long as the operation wound has healed – if it
has not, do not put the leg under water. It may be useful to have someone to help you at least the first time you do this, and they may need to help you wash and dry your feet for a
time.

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