Total Knee Replacement

Care After

ExitCare ImageThese instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor also may give you specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE

  • See a physical therapist as told by your doctor.

  • Take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Do not lift or drive until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Use crutches, a walker, or a cane as told by your doctor.

  • If you were given a knee joint motion machine, use it as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have a rash.

  • You have shortness of breath or chest pain.

  • You have pain or puffiness (swelling) in your calf or thigh.

  • Your ability to move your knee is decreasing rather than increasing.

  • Your knee pain is increasing daily.

  • Your wound is red, puffy, or is getting more painful.

  • You have yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from your wound.

  • You have a bad smell coming from your wound.

  • Your wound opens up after sutures (stitches) or staples are removed.

  • Your wound will not stop bleeding.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.