Is your knee replacement surgery scheduled? Congratulations. After about three to six weeks of recovery, you’ll be able to resume most daily activities, and soon after that, you’ll be able to lead a pain-free, active lifestyle.
While you may be dreading the recovery period, keep in mind that your new knee will most likely last a couple of decades. A recent study found that 82% of knee replacements were still functioning after 25 years.
If you start preparing your home before your knee surgery, those three to six weeks will go a lot smoother. Our expert orthopedic team at Douglas J. Abeles MD & Associates shares the top five tips for preparing your home for knee replacement surgery.
Whether you regularly declutter your house or you’ve meant to do so for months — or years — now is the time to make sure there is no clutter to trip you up. Remove rugs, furniture, and electrical cords that could impede your path to your room and getting around your home.
Set up shop on the main floor
If your bedroom is upstairs or downstairs, consider relocating to a room on the main floor while you recover. Navigating stairs while you recover will be challenging. You want to get plenty of rest, but you don’t want to be bed-bound either. Moving around is key to your recovery.
Gather what you need
Yes, moving around is essential, but so is resting. Ensure that your designated resting spot, whether in front of your desk or your living room TV, has all you need within arm’s reach.
Gather your glasses, digital device, charger, favorite reading materials, snacks, and beverage of choice so that you can rest comfortably and enjoyably.
Make home modifications
Certain home safety features can help you perform tasks you normally take for granted. Installing handrails in your shower or near your toilet, using a shower chair, and raising the toilet seat can help you maneuver in your bathroom more safely.
Other modifications that can help include covering steps with ramps and adding texture to slippery floors.
Ask for help
It’s hard to manage your life when you’re used to having the freedom to come and go as you please. With limited mobility, you may need help with cooking, shopping, driving, and even showering and using the toilet. If you can arrange to have someone help you or check in on you, do it.
Do your knees hurt when you walk or climb stairs? Call us at Douglas J. Abeles MD & Associates for an appointment and find out the best treatment plan to reduce pain and increase mobility.