What healthcare workers are involved in knee replacement recovery?

When you and your surgeon feel that you have recovered enough from your knee replacement surgery to leave the hospital, you will meet with other members of your health care team to help you plan the next steps of your recovery.

You will meet with:
  • A social worker to check your equipment.
  • A physical therapist to go over your physical therapy plan.
  • A nurse to review medication use, pain management, incision care, and other information your doctor has ordered for your continued recovery.

Recovery from a total knee replacement is truly a multidisciplinary approach.  

After surgery, you'll be taken to the recovery room and monitored by a registered nurse. After you awaken from anesthesia, you'll be taken to your hospital room. Typically, you'll remain in the hospital for three to four days, depending on your recovery. You may feel some pain that will be managed with medication to make you as comfortable as possible. To avoid lung congestion after surgery, you should breathe deeply and cough frequently to keep your lungs clear

Walking and knee movement are very important for recovery. Usually the first day after surgery, you'll begin to work with a physical therapist who will teach you exercises to regain full leg and knee movement. During your hospital stay, you'll attend physical therapy one to two times a day. An occupational therapist and nurse discharge planner will help you prepare for your return home.

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