The recovery of a knee intervention by arthroscopy is much faster than that of traditional surgery. However, it varies depending on which area has been operated and the method used by the specialist. Through knee arthroscopy, a minimally invasive technique, the broken menisci, crossed ligaments, synovial membrane, misalignment of the patella, broken cartilage in the joint, and other pathologies such as Baker's Cyst are intervened.
Tips to follow
As a rule, the recovery time of a Knee arthroscopy by orthopedics surgery hospitals in Delhi depends on how late the inflammation caused by the surgery disappears. The patient should follow some advice such as:
• Use crutches for eight or ten days.
• Put the knee up using several cushions to cushion, to control the swelling in the days after surgery.
• Do not stand for an extended period, nor do any exercise until the doctor indicates it.
• Take painkillers to alleviate pain.
• Take anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, and put cold in the area.
• Begin to perform exercises to strengthen the muscles of the area, when the doctor advises.
In most cases, the time of dismissal for a knee arthroscopy is estimated at one month. From that moment the patient can recover his normal routine.
It is not the same if the patient has undergone a more complex intervention such as meniscal repair. Here the immediate postoperative period is heavier, although the results are very good. After the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon's advice should be followed, and the knee should not be bent over 60 degrees nor should weight be carried on the operated leg in the first month. During that time he has to use crutches, avoiding supporting the foot and the knee suffering. After 30 days you have to start a progressive rehabilitation treatment, from less to more. The recovery lasts about 3 or 4 months. After this time the patient regains mobility in the joint and can reach his previous sports level.
After the intervention, some precautions should be taken to prevent wounds from becoming infected. The incisions should be kept clean and dry while the stitches are being maintained. It is recommended to cover the leg operated with a plastic, when the patient goes to take a shower, to protect it from moisture and water. It is usual to go to routine controls for the specialist to assess the evolution. The doctor will also be the one to indicate when he can return to driving, although it is normal to go from one to three weeks.
Rehabilitation and exercises
Rehabilitation after a knee replacement surgery in India seeks total recovery of the joint, restoring tone, strength and mobility. In athletes, this step, before full recovery, is significant to get back to their sport level before the injury. The type of injury marks when to start rehabilitation and how it should be done.
There are exercises that the patient can do at home. The most common, which can be performed while sitting or standing are:
Contract the quadriceps, pressing the knee and keeping five seconds.
Raise the legs about 30 cm and keep them stretched with the foot in flex position (plantar dorsiflexion) for a few seconds.