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Total Knee Replacement – Patient Information

Wound Care

Caring for your wound is very important. You will leave hospital with your wound covered. Please leave these dressings intact until your post-op visit where you will have your sutures removed. These dressings are waterproof, so they can get wet in the shower however a pool should be avoided for at least the first two weeks.

If your circumstances differ they should remain on for roughly one week.

It is very important that you contact me immediately if you feel there are any problems with your wound.  Phone the rooms during office hours or the Orthopaedic Ward if afterhours (phone numbers are located on the back of this brochure).

DO NOT wait to see if the wound improves and DO NOT contact your GP.

It is normal for the knee to be warm, swollen and bruised following surgery.  Generally it will become less warm, swollen, bruised and painful.  If this trend reverses or the skin around the knee becomes red and/or inflamed or any fluid discharges from the wound, you must contact me.

Preventing Blood Clots

  • DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • PE – Pulmonary Embolism

You will have been fitted with venous compression stockings (TEDS) during your hospital stay.  These are an important part to minimize the risk of having a DVT or PE.  It is important that you continue to wear the stockings until your four-week post-op visit.

A low dose of Aspirin (Cartia) will be prescribed when you leave hospital (unless otherwise directed).  If you are also prescribed an anti-inflammatory, do not take these together, take one with breakfast and the other with lunch, as they can have a tendency to upset your stomach.  Please read the pain relief brochure for more information.  Continue your aspirin until the box is empty.

Please also read the brochure about preventing blood clots which is included in your discharge envelope.

Ice Therapy

Cold therapy has the benefits of reducing pain, swelling and improving movement.  Take the ice bucket home with you and continue to use as instructed.

A bag of party ice a day is usually required.  Alternately freeze larger cup sized ice blocks, which will last longer in the esky.

Please return the esky to the rooms on your first post op visit.

Physiotherapy

Post-operative physiotherapy will assist you in gaining the best possible result from your knee replacement. 

You will see a physiotherapist at your first post-op appointment in the rooms to ensure that you are correctly doing your exercises.   Make sure you keep up the exercises you are shown as a stiff knee will be the result.

Sleeping

There are no restrictions on what position you sleep in following a total knee replacement.  You can sleep in whatever position you find comfortable.  Some find it helpful to place a pillow under the knee.

It is very common to have pain at night for up to three months following surgery and it is completely reasonable to use pain relief at night over this period.

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