When I adopted a pair of twins, one of the first things that struck me was how many doctor's appointments they needed to go to. As we took them to all of their baby well-checks, I realised that these appointments were designed to find and address issues early before they caused other problems. Fortunately, our family paediatrician found a few critical problems that we were able to resolve head-on, and it was immensely helpful. Check out this blog for information about health care, preventative care, and helping your child to enjoy a better life. I know that some of these tips helped me, and I know that they can help you too.
A knee replacement surgery is an important procedure that is going to alleviate your knee pain and improve your movement and lifestyle in the long run, but you will need to get through some initial discomfort and preparation for the surgery. The better prepared you are in your home and your daily activities and with the right support, the more successful and positive the experience will be. The following gives you some recommendations to make your knee replacement surgery go well with smart preparation and successful follow-up practices.
Prepare Your Living Space
Once you have your knee replacement surgery, you won't be as mobile for a period of time, so it is a good idea to prepare your home for your recovery. Look at your living space and how many floors there are with stairs. If you live on one level, you are all set, however, if your home is multi-level, choose an area where you can reside most successfully without having to navigate up and down stairs. This should include a sleeping or resting space and access to the bathroom and possibly the kitchen.
Choose an area where you can keep all your necessities in one area easily accessible for you, such as a bedside table while you recover and rest. Remove clutter and obstacles, such as rugs from your living space, to provide room for you to use a walker or crutches during recovery. Then, look at installing safety grab bars in your bathroom around the toilet and inside the shower so you can use this room safely. If your bathroom includes a bathtub, buy or rent a bathtub transfer bench so you can easily move into the bathtub for bathing or showering without having to step over the bathtub side.
Schedule Your Surgery
When you are planning your surgery, arrange for someone to safely transport you home from the health care clinic. They will likely need to help you stay up on medications to keep your pain managed and help you with meals for the first period of time. Ask family or friends to help with preparation or schedule to have meals delivered to you. If you have any pets in your home, you will need help with their care for a few days, so look at someone taking them or coming to your home to help you.
Talk to your doctor about the medications you are currently taking so they can have you adjust them just before the surgery. For example, if you are taking any medications that thin your blood, it is best to hold off on these before the surgery to ensure better healing. If you use any alcohol or tobacco, try to stop using them or cut back as much as possible. This will further help improve your recovery and healing timeline.Share
23 July 2021