The time both before and after knee surgery in Las Vegas, NV can be a nerve-racking period, but knowing that a reliable plan will be in place to help you recover and progress after your procedure can be very reassuring. If you are worried about what will happen after the procedure is complete, take a look at some of the important components of the post-surgery rehabilitation process.
Following your surgery, it will be important to build up strength in your new knee. In the days immediately following your procedure, your doctor will want to get you up and moving again as soon as you are able to do so. If you’re not in too much pain, standing and walking a few paces in your room with the aid of the staff are the very first steps you will take towards recovery.
As the pain continues to subside, you will increase your activity and, with the help of crutches or a walker, you will be able to begin walking around for longer stretches at a time. When you are ready, you will begin working with a physical therapist doing basic exercises that will help to increase the range of motion in your new knee.
The doctor might also recommend that, when you return home, a physical therapist should visit you throughout the week to continue your therapy program. Whether you are meeting with a physical therapist or doing your program on your own, it will be important to aim for at least three 20- to 30-minute exercise sessions a day.
Why is rehab so important?
In order to promote a successful recovery in which the ultimate goal is to move around on your new knees like you once did and resume your normal activities, rehabilitation will be critical. It is this rehab that will help to build up the strength of not only your new knee, but the muscles around it that will help you to eventually be able to move without pain. Even if you aren’t able to do very much following your surgery, any activity that you are able to do can help to reduce the amount of pain and swelling that the procedure may have caused. This movement will also assist in jumpstarting your circulation, helping to prevent blood clots after your surgery.
Although knee surgery in Las Vegas, NV can be a frightening experience, Bernard Ong, M.D.’s office creates an environment that will put even the most nervous patients at ease. Specializing in the care of problem knees for over 10 years, Dr. Ong has experience with injuries of all types and, through the use of top-of-the-line equipment and cutting-edge technology, he can help you to again feel good as new. Come in or give us a call to schedule your assessment so that we can get you on the path toward healing and recovery, and help restore your independence and capabilities. We look forward to helping you every step of the way!
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