FAQs of Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Q: When will I be able to walk after my Total Knee Replacement Surgery?

Total Knee Replacement Surgery is done mainly so that the patient can walk pain free. Walking is immediately started on day 2 after surgery. Initially a walker is used as an aid but over a period of two days the patient is made to walk with a tripod stick. Most of u003ca href=u0022https://www.dramynrajani.com/knee-n-shoulder-specialist-surgeon-in-mumbai/u0022u003eu003cstrongu003eKnee Specialist in Mumbaiu003c/strongu003eu003c/au003eu003cstrongu003e,u003c/strongu003e Dr. Amyn Rajani’s patients get rid of the tripod stick about 7 days after surgery. There will be a feeling of newness/discomfort with the new Knee for a period of one month after surgery. These symptoms will gradually reduce every day and the patient will be absolutely comfortable by the end of one month.

Q: When can I go out after my Total Knee Replacement Surgery?

As mentioned that the patient can walk on the 2nd day of the Total Knee Replacement Surgery and discharged on the 4th day. A physiotherapist from the team will visit the patient’s house for the rehabilitation. During these u003ca href=u0022https://www.dramynrajani.com/knee/physical-therapy-for-knee/u0022u003eknee physiotherapy sessionsu003c/au003e, the therapist will make the patient gain confidence by taking him/her for walks in the compound of the residential building.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eGoing out individually should be started after removal of sutures and gaining good confidence. This generally happens around the u003cstrongu003e15th to 16th day after surgeryu003c/strongu003e.

Q: Can obese people undergo successful Total Knee Replacement?

Although Knee Replacement in obese patients is logistically, anesthetically and surgically more difficult, with additional risks involved, theu003cstrongu003e functional outcomeu003c/strongu003e of Knee Replacements in obese people u003cstrongu003eappear tou003c/strongu003e u003cstrongu003ebe satisfactoryu003c/strongu003e.

Q: When can I resume my sporting activities after Total Knee Replacement?

Low impact activities like golf, bowling, tennis, table tennis, and ballroom dancing are permitted after muscle strength has been recovered.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eu003cstrongu003eRecommended activities: u003c/strongu003eCycling is an excellent aerobic workout, swimming, low-resistance rowing, walking, hiking and low-resistance weightlifting are all excellent ways to maintain fitness without over-stressing the implant.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eu003cstrongu003eDiscouraged activities:u003c/strongu003e In general, patients who have undergone u003ca href=u0022https://www.dramynrajani.com/blog/total-knee-replacement-a-hope-of-better-health/u0022u003eTotal Knee Replacementu003c/au003e should avoid high-impact activities that cause high stress loads on the implant and therefore may increase the risk of early failure. Activities to avoid include baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, high-impact aerobics, gymnastics, jogging, power lifting, rock climbing, hang gliding, and parachuting.

Q: When can I drive after a Total Knee Replacement?

You may be able to drive u003cstrongu003e2 to 4 weeks after your operationu003c/strongu003e, or even earlier, depending on your general health, mobility, the range of movement of your replaced Knee and muscle strength. If your left Knee has been operated and you are driving an automatic car then you may start driving by about 2 weeks. But if you are driving a manual car then you should ideally wait for about 4 weeks after surgery.

Q: When can I fly after a Total Knee Replacement?

Most of our international patients fly back to their country in about 2 weeks u003cstrongu003eu003ca href=u0022https://www.dramynrajani.com/knee/after-total-knee-replacement-surgery/u0022u003eAfter Total Knee Replacement Surgeryu003c/au003eu003c/strongu003e. We use u003cstrongu003emechanical prophylaxisu003c/strongu003e till the time the patient is not mobilized in the hospital. After which u003cstrongu003eoral prophylaxisu003c/strongu003e is started and maintained for 2 weeks or till the patient reaches his/her country.

Q: Dental treatment after a Total Knee Replacement?

The routine administration of prophylactic antibiotics for dental interventions u003cstrongu003eto prevent haematogenous spread of infectionsu003c/strongu003e to prosthetic joints is a contentious issue. There is a u003cstrongu003elack of robust evidenceu003c/strongu003e linking dental procedures to an increased risk of infection of prosthetic joints. Antibiotic prophylaxis has not been shown to effectively preventu003cstrongu003e dental-associated infectionsu003c/strongu003e. Basically, there is no evidence to link prosthetic joint infections to dental procedures and none to prove that antibiotic prophylaxis is effective but invariably before any dental procedure our patients are advised to take prophylactic antibiotic cover.