A dressing will be applied to your knee. You may also have a thin tube inserted at the surgical site attached to a drain to prevent accumulation of blood around the muscles and bones of the joint. The tube and drain will likely be removed the day after surgery, and the bandage is removed the first or second postsurgical day.
Members of the nursing staff will position you in bed and help you turn until you are able to move on your own. You may have a pillow between your legs if ordered by your surgeon. Because anesthesia may temporarily inhibit urination after surgery, a Foley catheter may be inserted into the bladder to remove urine. This catheter is usually removed within 24 hours.
In collaboration with you and your support system, the Hospital staff, including a physician, physician assistant, nurse, nurse practitioner, physical therapist and social worker will plan, provide and monitor your care.
Gentle exercises to improve your range of motion can help prevent circulation problems as well as strengthen your muscles. Very soon after surgery, a physical therapist will teach and review your exercise program.
It is extremely important to perform deep breathing exercises after surgery to rid your airway and lung passages of mucus. Normally, you take deep breaths almost every hour, usually without being aware, whenever you sigh or yawn. When you are in pain or are drowsy from anesthesia or pain medication, your breathing may be shallow. To ensure that you take deep breaths, the nursing staff will provide you with a device called an incentive spirometer, along with instructions on its use.
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