It is important to elevate the entire leg, down to the ankle. When elevating, your feet should be above the level of your heart. You may also use pillows to elevate, but never place a pillow behind your knee. Your knee should be as straight as possible when elevated.
Can you elevate your leg too much after surgery?
It is important to keep your foot or ankle elevated whenever you are not on it. If you can keep it elevated for more than 48-72 hours you should do so.
Can you use a wedge pillow after knee replacement?
Prop your surgical leg up with 2-3 pillows. Do not put pillows behind the knee. Alternatively, you can use a foam wedge/foam elevator to sturdily keep your leg above your heart. Some doctor’s don’t recommend foam wedges so ask your physician before using one.
What is the proper position of the knee after a total knee replacement while in bed?
The best sleeping position just after your surgery is sleeping on your back. You should make sure that your operative leg stays as straight as possible to avoid hypertension of the knee and keep proper blood flow to the surgery site. If you are sleeping on your back, put the pillow under your calf and knee.
Can you elevate your legs too much?
It is possible that you can elevate an injury too much. For instance, you can physically raise the injured body part too high. You can also elevate your injury for too much time every day.
Why is my knee so tight after surgery?
Arthrofibrosis is also known as stiff knee syndrome. The condition sometimes occurs in a knee joint that has recently been injured. It can also occur after surgery on the knee, such as a knee replacement. Over time, scar tissue builds up inside the knee, causing the knee joint to shrink and tighten.
How far should I be walking after knee replacement?
Although everyone progressed at a different pace based on numerous factors, some common timeframes are: 3 weeks after surgery: At this point, you should be able to walk for more than 10 minutes at a time, without a walker or crutches.
Is it OK to sleep on your side after knee replacement?
You should try to rest, whether sleeping or just sitting throughout the day, with your knee straight as much as possible. You will be able to try sleeping on your side shortly after surgery. It will help to have a pillow between your knees because the inside of your knee may be tender when it touches your other leg.
Is it OK to sleep in a recliner after knee replacement?
Prepare a recovery area
Designate a recovery area (usually the living room) with a sturdy chair to relax in. The chair should be high enough that it is easy to sit down and get up from. It should have arms and a solid back so you don’t fall. A recliner is a good choice because you can elevate your legs.
Should you put a pillow under your knee after knee replacement?
We understand that after surgery it may seem like a good idea to put a pillow under your knee. However this is something you should not do. Placing a pillow under your knee would allow your knee to stay slightly flexed. This can cause contractures or problems with how far you are able to extend your knee in the future.
How long does tightness last after knee replacement?
By 6 weeks, pain and stiffness should continue to resolve, and isokinetic quadriceps and hamstrings strengthening exercises can be incorporated. By 3 months, most TKA patients should have achieved greater than 90% of their ultimate knee motion and pain control.
How do you break up scar tissue after knee replacement?
A manipulation is a procedure where no incisions are made. The patient is given anesthesia, usually through an IV, and while sleeping, your surgeon forcibly moves the knee to break up scar tissue. This procedure is most beneficial in the six to 12 weeks after surgery.