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Getting Ready For Your Hospital Stay For Total Knee Surgery

The arthritis in your knees has made it painful to walk and the non-invasive treatments give you little relief. Your orthopedic doctor recommended a total knee procedure to replace the damaged bones in your knee joints. While you're looking forward to getting rid of the pain, you're anxious about the surgery. Here is what you need to know to get yourself prepared for the surgery and subsequent recovery at home.

A Lot Will Happen in a Short Hospital Stay

You can expect to be in the hospital for up to three days, but you'll be busy during that time. On the first day, you'll have blood tests and X-rays, if your doctor has not already done them. These tests will give your doctor the baseline of your health and your knee before they do the surgery.

On the second day you'll have the surgery. If your doctor had you do the preliminary lab work and X-rays before you signed into the hospital, you may have the surgery on the day you arrive.

The surgery itself will take a few hours depending on the type of joint replacement procedure the orthopedic surgeon uses. They may use the traditional approach which requires a long incision on your knee to access the muscles and bones in the joint. Newer, less invasive techniques use a smaller incision and special tools to work in small spaces. The less invasive procedure takes longer because of the precision required.

You'll be taken to a recovery area after the surgery until the anesthetic wears off. How long you're in recovery depends on the anesthetic used. General anesthesia, which puts you to sleep, may take several hours to work out of your system. If you had a regional anesthetic to numb the knee and a sedative to make you drowsy, you'll be out of the recovery area quickly.

The Work Continues When You're Back in Your Room

Once back in your room, you'll rest for a while, but expect a nurse or physical therapist to be around shortly to get you out of your bed and on your feet. You'll practice getting in and out of bed and a chair. You'll take a few steps using crutches or a walker. Your doctor will tell you how much weight you can put on your knee, and for how long.

For the remainder of that day and the next, you'll practice moving from bed to chair and back, and walking around the surgical unit.

Leaving the Hospital for Your Next Stage of Recovery

On your last day in the hospital, your doctor will check the incision, remove any drains and change the bandage. You will get detailed instructions regarding such activities as:

  • your pain medication schedule
  • exercises to do with your knee
  • the amount of activity you can do with your knee
  • your physical therapy schedule
  • follow up dates with your doctor

You'll then be discharged and can go home.

Those few days in the hospital will be busy, but they are only the beginning of your overall knee treatment. Once at home, you will spend weeks doing exercises to relax the stiff knee muscles and build up their strength to support your new knee joint. To find out more, speak with someone like Richmond Orthopedic Associate Inc. 

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Overcoming Autism's Sensory Struggles: Finding The Right Vitamins

Having a child on the autism spectrum poses all kinds of unique challenges that can sometimes be very difficult. The sensory issues that often accompany spectrum disorders can mean that even everyday things like taking vitamins may be a serious struggle. For my son, it's both texture and taste that pose challenges for him, which made finding a vitamin supplement very difficult. After experimenting with many different brands, styles, and flavors, I have found what does and doesn't work for various sensory issues that he has. I've created this site to share our experiences in the hopes that it might help other parents with kids on the spectrum to find a vitamin their child will take.


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