After your joint replacement surgery, you need to know a few ways to protect yourself and your wound while healing.
Your doctor will encourage you to use your new joint as soon as possible. This may be challenging at first as you may experience some pain. Follow your doctor’s instructions to help you heal and get back to your life.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the following is suggested.
A smooth recovery depends on how well you follow your doctor’s instructions. Being an active participant in the healing process can help your recover faster and ensure a more successful outcome.
Wound care. If you have stitches or staples they will be removed about two weeks after your surgery. Avoid getting the wound wet until it has thoroughly sealed and dried. You many continue to bandage the wound to prevent irritation from clothing or support stockings.
Pain. While you should expect to feel discomfort after your surgery, your doctor will provide options for controlling your pain. Pain relief will help your start moving sooner, and build your strength faster.
Medications. Strictly follow your doctor’s instructions on all medications or supplements.
Rehabilitation. The stronger you effort with exercise therapy, the more success you will have with returning to the activities you enjoy.