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Your Physical Therapy

A physical therapist works with you throughout your hospital stay. If possible, the therapist will see you prior to surgery to familiarize you with the exercise program. As soon as you awaken from surgery, your leg may be in the continuous passive motion machine (CPM). You should begin as soon as possible to tighten the muscles of your thigh (quadriceps) and your calf muscles (gastrocs). The therapist will see you the day after surgery to help with these exercises and help you to sit up on the side of the bed.

Your therapy program begins the second day following your surgery. The therapy program is designed to improve your knee strength and stability. Many patients find that gym clothes or shorts are more comfortable than pajamas for their exercise sessions.

The occupational therapist helps determine what special devices you may need at home to help you in your daily activities. This may include an elevated commode seat or shower bench.

Sections of the booklet

The History of Total Knee ReplacementThe History of Total Knee ReplacementThe History of Total Knee Replacement
When is Knee Replacement Necessary?When is Knee Replacement Necessary?When is Knee Replacement Necessary?
What is Total Knee Replacement?What is Total Knee Replacement?What is Total Knee Replacement?
Your EvaluationYour EvaluationYour Evaluation
Deciding on SurgeryDeciding on SurgeryDeciding on Surgery
Proceeding to Knee ReplacementProceeding to Knee ReplacementProceeding to Hip Replacement
What About Blood Donations?What About Blood Donations?What About Blood Donations?
Your Hospital AdmissionThe History of Your Hospital AdmissionThe History of TotYour Hospital Admission
Your Anesthesiologist Your Anesthesiologist Your Anesthesiologist
Vascular ImagingVascular Imaging Vascular Imaging
What is an Operative Permit?What is an Operative Permit? What is an Operative Permit?
The Day of Your SurgeryThe Day of Your Surgery The Day of Your Surgery
If You Experience PainIf You Experience PainIf You Experience Pain
Your Physical TherapyYour Physical Therapy Your Physical Therapy
Going Home After Total Joint ReplacementGoing Home After Total Joint Replacement Going Home After Total Joint Replacement
Follow Up Doctor AppointmentFollow Up Doctor AppointmentFollow Up Doctor Appointment
Infection PrecautionsInfection PrecautionsInfection Precautions
Resuming Normal ActivitiesResuming Normal ActivitiesResuming Normal Activities
In SummaryIn SummaryIn Summary
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