Helpful Tips for Total Knee Replacement Patients Delayed by COVID-19

What is Knee Replacement Surgery?

Knee replacement surgery is a surgical procedure during which damaged or dysfunctional knee joint is replaced totally or partially. An artificially designed knee joint is fit in place of the diseased knee joint. It will perform all the functions of a normally functioning knee joint. Total knee replacement in Mumbai is performed by some of the best orthopedic surgeons in well equipped hospitals.


Delayed Knee Replacement Surgery?

The COVID-19 pandemic has put an untimely and uncertain brake on people’s lives. Amid the pandemic, visiting the doctor has become a luxury too.

Many doctors have taken a decision of delaying all surgical and medical procedures except those which are an emergency. This will help in reducing risk of contacting Corona virus for patients as well as doctors.

Knee joint specialists in Mumbai have offered certain tips and tricks to patients whose knee replacement has been delayed during pandemic.


Tips For Delayed Knee Replacement Surgery

Patients who require knee replacement often experience great difficulty in moving around which causing them considerable pain and stiffness in the knees. Delay in surgery may cause considerable discomfort to them. 

Given below are precautions and helpful tips for patients who require knee replacement, but the surgery has been delayed due to current COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Avoid Overstraining

Patients requiring knee replacement have sustained considerable damage to their knee joint. It is important to avoid further damage by over straining the joint. Till the time of surgery patients should avoid vigorous movement of knee joint.

 

  1. Follow Medication Schedule

If surgery is rescheduled for a later date, patients may be prescribed medicines for controlling pain, inflammation and avoiding infection. These medicines should be consumed as per doctor’s instructions. It will help to avoid any discomfort to patients till the time of surgery.

 

  1. Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for knee helps to increase strength of the muscles supporting the knee joint. This will reduce the stress of weight bearing over the knee joint and prevent any damage.

 

  1. Avoid Trauma

Trauma to the knee joint which is already dysfunctional may lead to complications during knee replacement surgery. Patients should take extra precaution to avoid trauma in the form of vehicular accident, direct blow to the knee etc.

 

  1. Follow Good Hygiene

Knee damage may render patients immobile at times, making them wheelchair bound. Such patients may develop bed sores on their buttocks and hips due to constant sitting. It is important to follow hygienic measures to avoid and treat bed sores.

 

  1. Consume Healthy Diet

Patients who require knee replacement may be partially or completely immobile due to dysfunctional knee joint. Patients should follow dietary precautions in such cases to avoid unhealthy weight gain. Following a healthy diet is also important to remain medically fit for the surgery.

 

  1. Care For Your Immunity

A healthy immune system greatly contributes towards the recovery after knee replacement. Building good immunity prior to surgery is therefore advisable to patients.

 

Follow all health precautions suggested by your orthopedic doctors in Mumbai till your knee replacement surgery is scheduled. For complete pre-surgical consultation visit our renowned OAKS Clinic.

 

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