Today we are going to talk about knee replacement surgery, or the other name is knee arthroplasty. It’s a surgical procedure used for arthritis patients in which the knee ball is replaced with a plastic and metal knee cap. This procedure has become common nowadays. But in this article, we are discussing what happens after knee replacement surgery as it is challenging to perform your daily activities like getting up and down off the floor, how we can perform this task and how we can fully recover from this surgery. To know more about it, keep reading the article.
Waking up from surgery may take up to 24 hours, or depend on your case, your doctor will recommend a physiotherapy session. Physiotherapists know their work and will help you to move your leg. On the day of discharge, talk to your surgeon about what precautions you should take after surgery. A meeting with the doctor will make you feel relax too. Talk to your physiotherapist and ask about the exercise that you can do at home. Your knee can take up to 3 months to recover fully, so don’t take stress if you see some swelling as healing require some time. Recovery from a knee replacement at home will require some time so be patient. Learn how to get down on the floor after knee replacement.
Practice Kneeling on the Floor
You want to start training yourself to sit on the floor; you should start kneeling for six months. You need to make sure not to get hurt and follow a simple technique to help you out. Practice the below-given techniques for a while until you are fully confident to take the risk. Try this tip when you have anyone around you to help; also be near to any support like a chair, table, or wall.
1: How to get down on the floor after knee replacement
Find the support of a chair or table. Put your hands on the arm area of a chair or hold the side of the table, then bend your non-surgical leg first and put your knee on the floor, then bend your surgical leg and afterward put both of your hands on the floor. Now you are in a position where both your legs and hands are touching the floor; in this manner, place your one side hip on the floor and slowly sit down.
2: How to get up off the floor with bad knees
Similarly, how you kneel on the floor, you must stand up off the floor. For this again, get into a position where both your legs and hands are touching the floor; slowly move your hands and hold the sides of the chair or table. Then move your one leg first and place that foot near the chair, then move your second leg in the same manner. If you find it hard to stand up after kneeling, give yourself some push, and then stand up slowly. Please don’t do it in a hurry; otherwise, you will hurt yourself.
3: How to get up from a fall without kneeling
You caught yourself in a sudden accidental fall after your knee replacement surgery, and you need to stand back, but the problem is now you fear getting up from the floor. At first, you should calm yourself. Don’t panic; try to get up in the same manner that we have discussed above, but if you can’t, then follow a simple technique to get yourself help. Straighten your legs or make a V, then move with the help of your hip near to any object that can help you in standing up or any phone or bell; in this way, you can get some help.
How to get up off the Chairs
Your doctor will recommend you sit on chairs and not on the floor in the first few months. It would be best if you learned how to stand up. Patients with a knee problem develop a different pattern of standing up according to their easiness as a usual way of standing cause them pain; after these years, they need to relearn standing up usually. For this, try to put pressure on your hands and not on your leg, bring backward your uninjured leg, and by using your hands, try to stand up using a walker for convenience; in this way, you will not feel any difficulty getting up from the chair.
Tips to Recover from Knee Replacement at Home
To Remove swelling
Your leg will swell after surgery during or after exercise, while standing or if you are moving your leg without any rest too much. Don’t worry if it swells; you can do some things at home to remove that swelling.
- Use an ice pack or your knee for a few minutes; ice has a numbing effect, too, and will remove the swelling.
- Do ankle pumps for a few minutes with a gap.
- Elevate your leg with the help of a pillow for some minutes; your leg should be at the level of your heart.
Make Changes at your home
If you live with a joint family, it will be easier for you as there will be many people around you to take care of, but if you have a small family or you live alone, you need to make some changes at your home after your knee replacement surgery.
- Remove anything that can hurt you, like any sharp and pointed furniture or showpiece.
- A carpeted room is much better as it will prevent you from injury.
- Have some chairs and tables in your rooms to support you in walking or standing up and lying down.
- Pair of crutches, walkers, or any other equipment to help you walk should be near your bed.
Exercise after Knee Replacement Surgery
There will be a set of exercises that your physiotherapist asks you to perform daily one or two times a day to perform your daily activities.
Walking must be hard till the first few weeks after that gradually you will feel less pain during a walk. Try to walk with the help of crutches or walkers. Keep your back straight, don’t bend and walk for some minutes in the start, then increase your walking time gradually rest in between and after your walking session.
This exercise will help you to reduce swelling too. You can do it while lying on the ground at the start. Move your toes back and forth; after some time, do it in a standing position. Perform this exercise as much as possible.
Straightening knee stretch
Sit on a chair, but one of your legs is on the chair and the other on the ground. Stretch your leg for 5 seconds; you will feel stretch at the back of your knee. Do this for a few minutes.
Bending knee stretch
Sit on a chair facing front, slide your foot slowly backward, slide back until you feel stretch. Move your foot in the front direction now and stretch until your heel is in the air. Do this stretch slowly in this way; it won’t cause much pain and pressure.
You can do this exercise in bed, tighten your thigh muscles lying down by pushing your knee backward. Do this exercise for 10 sec or less.
Bend your leg by sliding it on the bed or floor. Your heel should be closer to your hip, and your knee should be pointing upwards. Remain in this position for a few seconds, then slide your leg straight again.
Slide your leg that is operated horizontally on the floor, keeping your knee pointed upwards and leg straight. Move your leg in and out for a few seconds and rest.
Give your surgical leg some support, like roll a towel or blanket under your knee and raise your leg for at least 6 inches. Straighten your leg in this manner for few seconds and then relax.
Fold your non-surgical leg, and in the meanwhile, raise your surgical leg straight without any support tighten your leg to stiffen your knee. Please do it for a few seconds, and then put your leg down.
Sit on a chair straight, then move your surgical leg outward and then back on the position. Do it slowly; don’t try to do fast kicks; otherwise, you will hurt yourself. After some time, when you feel comfortable, put a bit of weight on your leg, and then raise it.
What Shouldn’t We Do?
You need to take care of some of the things after your knee replacement surgery; we are listing a few for your help.
- Try to minimize pain killers’ use; you shouldn’t use your body of pain killers.
- Avoid taking heavy meals because you are resting more during this period, and more food will make you feel heavier or sometimes cause nausea.
- Keep a check on your weight. Putting on weight can cause pressure on your kneecap, and it can break if you gain too much weight after surgery.
- Avoid running, lifting heavyweight, hiking, swimming, and walking fast. In short, any heavy physical activity must be avoided.
- Don’t twist your knee either accidentally or deliberately.
- Don’t sit with a crossed leg for some months.
Recovering from a knee replacement surgery is a bit long process; it depends on person to person. If you follow all the doctor’s guides and take your medicines, you will learn to get up out on the floor and down the floor very soon. Give your self-time and rest; don’t rush to do all the activities you were performing with your legs before. Your body needs time to get back to its routine. Follow the exercise that we have mentioned and that your physician has taught. Go for regular check-ups with your surgeon. Keep tracking your health and weight; in this way, you will recover fast.
Q. In how much time will you recover from knee replacement surgery?
Ans. Recovery from knee replacement surgery can take up to 6 months, or more depends on your health and care.
Q. Can you perform all activities that you were performing before surgery?
Ans. If you went through a full knee replacement surgery, then it’s hard to say yes. As it is not possible, some of the tasks that you performed earlier will become hard for you. But this surgery is better than the pain with which you were dealing before.
Q. For how much time can you stand up after surgery?
Ans. Start slowly with less timing. Stand for some seconds in the star and then for minutes.
Q. What if you fall after surgery and want to get up without kneeling?
Ans. Accidents can happen anytime, and any mishap can happen, so don’t panic at that time try to stand up with the help of your hands in the same manner that we have discussed above; if you can’t get up, still try to move with the help of your hips towards phone or any bell to call for help.
Q. Is it OK to sit on the floor after knee replacement?
Ans. Yes, it is, but follow the tricks mentioned above or just sit on a chair or sofa.
Having completed my Bachelor’s degree in medicine and currently pursuing a house job at a well-reputed hospital in California, I decided to utilize my spare time in sharing knowledge with others through my blog. Apart from my time spent in the medical field, I love to read fiction novels and go on long drives.