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Total and comprehensive care is always a valuable aspect of healing. 

 

Having the experience of this procedure can disrupt the emotional status of the patient’s state of mind, as well as the physical aspect.

 

In order to have the knee joint heal properly. The patient have to get on the move as soon as the following day, after the operation. That sounds scary, painful and unbelievable.

 

Yes indeed, they literally have to start ambulate as soon as possible, or else the joint will not heal in the correct posture.

 

Getting out of bed, standing and walking is the first step. Later the physician will prescribe the application of the CPM machine (Continuous Passive Motion) it bends the knee joint gently, when the patient is at rest. When the patient is not up walking or sitting out. 

 

During home care, it is valuable when caregivers understand, and know how to use this machine. Knowing exactly why the patient should have it as scheduled. Understanding how to put it together and how to install the patient’s leg onto it, as well as how to painlessly remove it.

 

Infection Control

 

During this time, the patient’s incision site is vulnerable and is prone to contracting joint replacement infections.This may occur in the wound or around the artificial implant. Even though these infection can occur long after surgery, it is important that the appropriate infection control standards be kept as long as the patient is in care at home. The patent may also develop a superficial infection (a minor infection) immediately after the surgery. This may happen in the hospital or in their home. If not treated immediately this may become a bigger problem. There are also “late onset infections” which are serious and can occur weeks or several years after the surgery. It suddenly becomes extremely useful when the caregivers know how to identify when an infection is on its way. Look, Feel, Smell and Listen….pay attention!, knowing what to do…….When, How and Why!

 

What to do!

 

As a caregiver, you will need to gather all the necessary information for care, do’s and don’ts from the surgans information and care guide at  the hospital or assigned rehab center. This information may be kept in an area where all caregivers my gather the correct method of care. Understanding these steps will help the caregiver detect when, and if an infection is present, thus allowing ample time to report all changes in condition. When changes in conditions are reported in a timely manner the patient has a better chance of an infection free recovery.

 

Preventative Care

 

Preventative care is following prescribed instructions for home care. It is the care that is given, that will prevent illness or diseases.

Total Knee Replacement (Rehab at Home)



Total and comprehensive care is always a valuable aspect of healing.

Having the experience of this procedure can disrupt the emotional status of the patient’s state of mind, as well as the physical aspect.


In order to have the knee joint heal properly. The patient have to get on the move as soon as the following day, after the operation. That sounds scary, painful and unbelievable.

Yes indeed, they literally have to start ambulate as soon as possible, or else the joint will not heal in the correct posture.


Getting out of bed, standing and walking is the first step. Later the physician will prescribe the application of the CPM machine (Continuous Passive Motion) it bends the knee joint gently, when the patient is at rest. When the patient is not up walking or sitting out.


During home care, it is valuable when caregivers understand, and know how to use this machine. Knowing exactly why the patient should have it as scheduled. Understanding how to put it together and how to install the patient’s leg onto it, as well as how to painlessly remove it.


Infection Control

During this time, the patient’s incision site is vulnerable and is prone to contracting joint replacement infections.This may occur in the wound or around the artificial implant. Even though these infection can occur long after surgery, it is important that the appropriate infection control standards be kept as long as the patient is in care at home. The patent may also develop a superficial infection (a minor infection) immediately after the surgery. This may happen in the hospital or in their home. If not treated immediately this may become a bigger problem. There are also “late onset infections” which are serious and can occur weeks or several years after the surgery. It suddenly becomes extremely useful when the caregivers know how to identify when an infection is on its way. Look, Feel, Smell and Listen….pay attention!, knowing what to do…….When, How and Why!


What to do!

As a caregiver, you will need to gather all the necessary information for care, do’s and don’ts from the surgans information and care guide at  the hospital or assigned rehab center. This information may be kept in an area where all caregivers my gather the correct method of care. Understanding these steps will help the caregiver detect when, and if an infection is present, thus allowing ample time to report all changes in condition. When changes in conditions are reported in a timely manner the patient has a better chance of an infection free recovery.


Preventative Care

Preventative care is following prescribed instructions for home care. It is the care that is given, that will prevent illness or diseases.

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