How do you keep your knee dry in the shower after knee replacement?

How do I keep my knees dry in the shower after surgery?

You will need to cover the dressing (and brace if you have one) to keep it dry while in the shower. There are a variety of ways to do this. Wrap the leg with plastic wrap (e.g., Saran™ Wrap, Glad® Wrap, etc.) above and below the dressing.

How long after knee replacement surgery can you have a shower?

You can usually shower 48 hours after surgery.

Do you need a shower chair after knee replacement?

Bathing. You won’t be able to sit in the bottom of the tub to bathe or stand to shower for about 3 months. You should bathe from a sitting position at the sink, in the tub, or in a walk-in shower with a chair for the first 3 months.

How do you shower with a knee wound?

Showering is preferable to bathing, so that the wound does not ‘soak’ in water. Do not use soap, shower gel, body lotion, talcum powder or other bathing products directly over your healing wound; and do not rub the area, as this might be painful and could delay healing.

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How long after knee surgery Can you walk?

You will probably be able to walk on your own in 4 to 8 weeks. You will need to do months of physical rehabilitation (rehab) after a knee replacement. Rehab will help you strengthen the muscles of the knee and help you regain movement.

How do you sleep after a knee replacement?

The best sleeping position just after your surgery is sleeping on your back. You should make sure that your operative leg stays as straight as possible to avoid hypertension of the knee and keep proper blood flow to the surgery site. If you are sleeping on your back, put the pillow under your calf and knee.

When can I take my dressing off after knee replacement?

You will MAINTAIN your post-operative dressing for 7 days. After 7 DAYS (from the date of your surgery), you will remove your dressing. DO NOT apply lotions or creams to incision site, unless instructed otherwise. dressing is removed prior to 7 days.

How do you protect a wound in the shower?

Keeping stitches dry

  1. cover your stitches when you have a shower, with a waterproof dressing – you may be able to use a rubber glove or plastic bag if they will cover your wound.
  2. have a wash standing in a bath tub, using a cloth to clean yourself and avoiding your stitches.

What happens if you don’t do physical therapy after knee surgery?

Why you shouldn’t skip physical therapy after knee surgery

Supporting muscles and soft tissue can begin to atrophy due to nonuse and swelling. Increased strain can be put on the knee from improper movement. Range of motion can be diminished. The healing process can be slowed down due to lack of blood flow to the area.

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