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Orthopaedic Surgery - Arthroscopic Surgery - Joint Replacement - Sports Medicine - Fracture Care
John R. Chance, M.D., David L. Fox, M.D., Jamie L. Lynch, M.D.,
Brian E. Schulze, M.D., Patrick M. Simon, M.D., Rex E. Wilcox, M.D.
Diplomates, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Kelly A. Cooper, PA-C

Total Knee Arthroplasty (Replacement)
Post Operative Instructions
You will stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after having knee replacement surgery. During that time you will recover from your anesthesia and the surgery itself. Right after surgery you will spend 1-2 hours in a recovery room (PACU) before going into your room. You will likely wake up very tired and groggy. You will have a large dressing (bandage) over your incision and part of your leg. A small drainage tube may be in place during surgery to help drain fluids that collect in your knee joint after surgery.
After being taken back to your room you will continue receiving fluids through your IV
(a catheter or tube that is inserted into your vein to give the medical staff access for medications and fluids) until you are able to drink fluids on your own. You will slowly resume a normal diet.
After knee replacement, some surgeons recommend using a continuous passive motion machine (CPM) while you are in bed. The CPM bends your knee for you. Over time, the rate and amount of bending will increase. If you are using this machine, always keep your leg in the CPM when you are in bed. It may help speed your recovery and reduce pain and bleeding. Physical therapists will teach you proper positions for your legs and knees. Make sure you follow these instructions, as bad positions can cause injury to your new knee joint.
Your nurse will show you how to prevent blood clots and pneumonia by using these methods:
1. You may wear special compression stockings on your legs. These stockings improve…...

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