For robot assisted partial knee replacements your stay in hospital will be three nights. Following surgery on Tuesday, you will be going home on Friday.
Dr Hartley and a physical therapist will monitor your knee rehabilitation and you should be walking within 48 hours after surgery. It is important for you to remember that long-term results of knee replacements often rely on how much effort you put into your knee rehabilitation and your recovery following your operation.
The dressing on your knee will be reduced - usually on the second post-operative day to make movement easier and to maximise knee rehabilitation. Your sutures (stitches) are sometimes dissolvable but if not, these are removed in about 10 days following your operation.
Ice packs are very effective for reducing swelling and inflammation in your knee joint and surrounding tissue. This is generally recommended three to four times a day for about 20 minutes - for as long as your knee remains swollen.
Most people will take oral pain medication for several weeks. These include prescription-strength nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. Dr Hartley might prescribe stronger pain relievers if severe pain persists.
Dr Hartley will recommend a check-up at around four weeks following your surgery. Please advise Dr Hartley if you experience unexplained pain, swelling or redness, or if you feel unwell at any time during your rehabilitation period.
If you are still unsure on what to do after knee replacement surgery please call our receptionist Annie on 1300 447 563 or complete our online enquiry form.