Knee and shoulder surgery both require many of the same things when it comes to post operative care. Plenty of rest, hydration, and limiting movement of the affected area are all critically important. Unlike shoulder surgery, knee surgery can present additional challenges when it comes to your ability to move around.
Most patients will be able to leave the hospital within 1 to 3 days. Avoid bending/kneeling, lifting heavy objects, and standing for long periods of time.
Some common types of knee surgeries that we help patients recover from:
ACL reconstruction involves surgery to rebuild the ligament in the center of the knee with a new ACL ligament and provide stability to the knee. Physical therapy is started soon after surgery, and an appropriate physical therapy program is critical for the surgery’s success. Typically, a minimum of nine months of rehabilitation is required before a full return to sport.
Total Knee Arthroplasty:
Total knee arthroplasty can provide reliable outcomes for patients suffering from end-stage degenerative knee osteoarthritis. Specifically, it can alleviate pain, restore function, and lead to an improved quality of life. Physical therapy accelerates recovery by restoring motion and flexibility, easing pain, improving strength, balance, gait, and ultimately results in better long term outcomes following surgery.
Knee Arthroscopy (scope):
Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows surgeons to view the knee joint without making a large incision (cut) through the skin and other soft tissues. This results in less pain and stiffness for patients, and often shortens the time it takes to recover and return to favorite activities. Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of pathologic knee conditions.