Having a knee replacement operation can be an involved procedure that impacts upon your life in many ways. While in the long term it will benefit you, over the short term you are left feeling the pain and discomfort of the procedure as well as being left with limited mobility. This can make it difficult for you to manage on a day to day basis, so it is only natural that you want to get back to normal as quickly as possible following the knee replacement operation. You also have to consider factors such as the knee replacement cost if you plan to go private or you will have to put up with the lengthy waits that come with going on the NHS list. Your treatment involves not only the procedure itself but the aftercare that is necessary to help you to recover fully.
What is involved in a knee replacement operation?
The type of knee replacement operation you are having will determine the exact procedure. However, in a nutshell what happens is that the surgeon will cut open the knee to access your knee joint and then replace half or all of depending on whether you are having a partial or total replacement. The cut is then stitched up and you start the recovery process. You need to make sure you continue with the recovery process as directed once you are discharged from the hospital.
Do I need a knee replacement operation?
If you have problems with your knee that are persistent and affect your day to day living, you may well need a replacement knee or at least a partial replacement. Some of the signs that you may need to have this procedure carried out include:
- Constant stiffness of the knee on a long term basis
- Pain in the knee when sitting, lying, and mobile
- Inflammation of the knee, which is not affected by medication
- Injury to the knee that causes severe damage
Various conditions can cause damage to the knee, which may require knee replacement. This includes conditions such as arthritis and gout.
How long does it take to heal from the knee replacement operation?
When you have a knee replacement, the knee operation recovery time can vary. If there were any knee replacement complications, it may take longer to recover. You also need to make sure that you do proper knee replacement exercises in order to aid the healing process as well as to help you gain more strength and movement to get you fully mobile again. This is something that you can do through free private treatment. To find out more about this, pick up the phone and give us a call.
What free private treatment can I qualify for?
You may be able to qualify for various free private treatments when it comes to your knee replacements. Keeping your wound dressed and clean is essential as part of the recovery, so you can get access to bandages and dressings. In addition, you can access free physiotherapy, which is vital to your overall recovery and your future mobility. You can find out further details about this free treatment by contacting us today.
How can I recover more quickly?
Understandably, you will be anxious to recover as quickly as possible. However, trying to do too much too soon is not the answer, as this can make matters worse and hinder your recovery. Making sure you take things slowly and that you get physiotherapy to regain strength and movement in your knee is essential. If you would like to find out about getting physiotherapy free of charge to help aid your recovery, speak to a member of the team.
Contact us to find out if you qualify for free private treatment
There are a lot of people who are not even aware that they may be able to get free private treatment in the UK. However, you can access free treatment in your own area no matter what part of the country you are in. If you would like to find out about your eligibility or get further information, the answer is just a phone call away. Call us today and we will be happy to help.