Looking After Your New Knee
If you or someone you love is preparing for knee surgery, proper after care and rehabilitation at home are essential to recovery.
During your stay in hospital, a physiotherapist will teach you exercises to help strengthen your knee. You can usually begin these the day after your operation.
The exercises your physiotherapist gives you are an important part of your recovery. It’s essential you continue with them once you’re at home.
It’s normal to experience initial discomfort while walking and exercising, and your legs and feet may be swollen. Be sure to have a FrozenPeaz cold therapy pack in the freezer and ready for use. Cold therapy will help relieve pain and reduce post-surgery swelling and inflammation.
Don’t be surprised if you feel extremely tired at first. You’ve had a major operation and muscles and tissues surrounding your new knee will take time to heal. Follow the advice of the surgical team and call your doctor if you have any particular worries or queries.
You should be able to stop using your crutches and resume normal leisure activities approximately six weeks after surgery. However, it may take up to three months for pain and swelling to settle down. Continue to ice your new knee any time there is pain or swelling.
Recovery Tips for Knee Replacement
- Raise your leg when sitting and use FrozenPeaz ice packs to help with any swelling
- Use crutches or other walking aids but aim to gradually decrease the amount you rely on them as your leg feels stronger
- Keep up your exercises to help prevent stiffness and strengthen your knee
- Do not sit with your legs crossed for six weeks after your operation
- Do not put a pillow underneath your knee when sleeping as this can result in a permanently bent knee
- Avoid twisting at your knee
- Wear supportive outdoor shoes
- Do not kneel on your operated knee until your surgeon says you can
- Listen to your body daily.
All individuals and knee surgeries are different.
People progress at different rates and heal at their own time. Be patient with yourself. Continue to rest and ice with FrozenPeaz frequently. Give yourself praise for the accomplishments you make along the way.
Why Pick Peaz?
Having the right equipment to REDUCE YOUR RECOVERY time after an injury or surgery can dramatically improve your recovery time. The FrozenPeaz Large Joint Wrap is the ideal wrap for post knee surgery recovery. The standard wrap delivers full, circumferential coverage for your new knee (approximately 21″). Need a little extra length? Try the Large Joint Extension Wrap for additional coverage (approximately 28″).
Better than blue gels and packs you may see elsewhere, FrozenPeaz stay FLEXIBLE down to 0ºF. And the insulating wrap provides customizable, hands-free compression. What’s more… all FrozenPeaz products are NATURAL. NON-Toxic. Reusable. And able to provide both ICY COOL RELIEF (out of the freezer) or SOOTHING HEAT THERAPY (out of the microwave or hot water bath). Relieve Pain. Reduce Swelling. And Recover Faster with all natural FrozenPeaz!