After knee replacement surgery, your first thought will most likely be “When can I go home?” Some of the most important preparation for successful knee replacement surgery in Ft. Myers and in Naples relates to coming home from the hospital.
Prepare your home for your return from the hospital
Have your house ready for your arrival back home after knee replacement surgery. Clean your home beforehand, do the laundry and put it away. Put clean linens on the bed. Prepare meals and freeze them in single serving containers. Cut the grass, and tend to the garden and other yard work as it will be some time before you will be ready for this activity.
Pick up throw rugs and tack down loose carpeting. Remove electrical cords and other obstructions from walkways. Install nightlights in bathrooms, bedrooms, and hallways. Arrange to have someone collect your mail and take care of pets or loved ones, if necessary.
How long will I be incapacitated right after surgery?
We expect you will get out of bed and walk the day of knee replacement surgery. This is extremely important to get your muscles moving to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs. In addition, the next morning you will get up and will be walking with a walker to participate in physical therapy. After a short stay in the hospital, most patients go home and are on their way to normal activity four weeks after total knee replacement surgery.
How long will I be in the hospital?
After knee replacement surgery, most patients are hospitalized for two days. Over 95 percent of patients go home. Very few need to go to a rehab facility but if you wish to go to a rehab facility, this can be arranged for you by the hospital care manager.
Where will I go after discharge from the hospital?
Virtually all total knee replacement patients are able to go home directly after discharge. We believe that for most patients this is preferable to a rehab center and generally leads to quicker return to normal activity. Patients in poor health, however, may have to transfer to a sub-acute facility for rehab. You, the orthopaedic team, your insurance company and the rehab facility will influence this decision. You should check with your insurance company to see if you have sub-acute rehab benefits.
When can I take a shower?
Usually a plastic protective dressing is applied to the wound to cover the staples and incision on the first post-op day. This helps to keep the wound dry and clean. You may shower once this dressing is in place. You may not go into a pool, bath, hot tub, or the ocean until you have been advised to do so.