How to handle knee replacement surgery??
That is a common question of patients, after knee replacement surgery. As we all know knee replacement surgery is very painful. The healing process requires more time than other operations. But don’t worry, calm down. Following a few tips help you handle a knee replacement surgery.
Patience and determination required to get get back in normal life. Pain can stay up to 3month if your problem is acute, If the problem is Chronic then the healing process requires a lot of maintenance and time.
We will guide you in proper pain management. Because proper pain management after surgery boosts your recovery process.
You should take help from the health care team, to handle the knee replacement surgery.
Measure your pain to handle a Knee Replacement surgery
As we advise that proper handling of knee replacement surgery speeds up your healing process, You need to measure the intensity of pain. Rate your pain in the 0-10 scale. That will help you understand the healing process.
And the doctor can understand the severity of pain. Then he will advise you How much pain management is required.
According to Allina Health pain Assessment scale
10 worse pain
7-9 Severe pain, that prevents you to do regular activities. Make intense trouble even you are sitting or sleeping. Severe pain that disturbs your quality of sleep. You need medical assistance.
4-6 this range of pain considered as moderate pain. Pain may interfere with your regular activities. Interfere with your concentration level. You have to do regular activities with a moderate level of pain after surgery.
1-3 This is mild pain. That won’t disturb your day to day activities. You can tolerate the pain. and concentrate on your work. So don’t worry about that
0 Zero means no pain. But it is not possible. As in the post-surgery period you have to tolerate moderate to mild pain.
How can you manage your pain
The doctor will do your routine checkup after knee replacement surgery. And help you to manage the stress of pain.
Here you are playing an important role. As you are the only one, who can understand the intensity of pain. So the doctor would ask you several questions to understand your health condition.
Then the doctor will prescribe your therapies and different pain healing medicines. You have to tell some points that make him understand your real situation.
- The severity of pain, and proper area of pain
- What makes your pain worse
- If you have taken any pain killer
- you have any side effect with pain healing medicines
- Again if you are a chain smoker, consume alcohol
- If you are doing some exercise, (which is not recommended in the post-surgery period)
- If you are taking any kind of supplements ( Vitamin, mineral, herbal supplements)
Treatment of post-surgery pain
- Medicines, mainly pain killers
- Physiological therapies
- Some nerve relaxing medicine
- Hot bag treatment
- Ice bag, or cold-pressed treatment
- Massage therapies, and integrative therapies like stretching of the muscle, and relaxation techniques.
Common side effects of pain healing medicines
Every medicine has some minor side effects, you should know about them. Side effects mainly take place within 2-3 hours, after taking medicine. But the minor side effect is manageable. Don’t take tension.
Some common side effects are
- Dizziness or sleepiness
- Rash and itching
- Vomiting, nausea, and upset stomach
- Shortness of breathing
- Low concentration and forgetfulness
- Anxiety, mood swings, and depression
If you are facing this kind of problems, then you should discuss with your doctor.
Pain control can help you feel more comfortable, Right pain management always boosts up your recovery so, you can easily return to your normal life.