How long does the Recovery Process take?
After a knee replacement surgery, or any surgery for that matter, all patients tend to have their own pace of healing. Only your doctor can give the best advice on when it’s alright for you to resume your normal life and engage in the activities that you normally enjoy. Experts strongly recommend patients to wait for at least 3-6 weeks before they resume their routine household chores, and wait at least 4-6 weeks before having sex.
It is highly advisable to wait for 6-8 weeks before you get back to work, and swimming should also wait for the same duration of time. As far as driving it concerned, if your right knee is replaced, you should wait for at least 6-8 weeks, but if your left knee has been replaced, then it is safe for you to drive after a week or so.
The Risks Factors associated with a Knee Replacement Surgery
Experts believe that a knee replacement surgery is generally considered a safe solution for most patients, however, all surgeries come with certain risk factors.
These risk factors include:
- The onset of a severe infection.
- The emergence of a blood clot in the thigh or calf.
- Increased chances of heavy bleeding.
- It leaves behind an ugly scar, which can also be painful in certain cases.
How can you prevent blood clots?
It is highly likely to experience the emergence of blood clots in the thigh or calf after undergoing knee surgery. A blood clot can prove to be fatalistic because if it breaks off and travels all the way to your lungs, it can threaten your life. You can prevent the risk of blood clots by using blood thinners, support hose, and compression devices. Movements of the ankle and feet are also highly effective, and as soon as your doctor allows you to engage in movement, it’s best to develop a daily routine of low-impact physical exercises so you can move around.