Dos and Don'ts After Knee Surgery
- Wear your support stockings (TEDS) until follow–up appointment.
- Keep your knee in full extension with foot elevator or a rolled towel under heels while in bed.
- Move your knee.
- Many people are afraid to bend their knee after surgery, believing this could be harmful - especially since bending the knee is painful at first. You will be encouraged to start bending your knee right away. Do it gently at first, but keep doing it!
- Use CPM (Continuous Passive Movement Machine) twice a day for an hour.
- Foot/Ankle pump exercises should be done every hour on the hour to promote circulation and decrease stiffness.
- Ice your knee to decrease pain.
- Remove your foot rest from the wheelchair when not being transported to promote fully flexed knees and rest feet on the floor.
- Put a pillow under your knee when sitting or lying down. This can cause stiffness and decrease extension of your knee, making it harder to straighten your leg.
- Sit in a low chair.
- Twist your knee for 6 to 8 weeks.
- Sit for more than one hour at a time as this will cause stiffness.
- Cross your legs (putting your ankle on your knee) while sitting down.
- Lie down on the side of your body that had surgery.