Home Care Following
Knee Replacement Surgery
Review your “Preparing for Your Total Knee Replacement Surgery and Recovery Book”.
• No restrictions in your diet.
• Other ______________________________________________________________________________
• Can be up walking with your walker or crutches with _________ percent of your weight allowed to your affected leg.
• Do not kneel on your knees or stoop down.
• Do not cross your legs.
• Do exercises as shown by your physical therapist. (Review the written instructions given to you.
• Use your aides (walker, crutches or cane) for as long as your physician says is needed. Use these aides as taught
to you by the therapist.
• Other ___________________________________________________________________________
MEDICINE TO PREVENT BLOOD CLOTS
After surgery you will be started on blood thinning medication (anticoagulants) that help prevent clots in your legs. It may
be given in shots or pills. If you are taking anticoagulants medication report any abnormal bleeding to your physician
Examples of abnormal bleeding:
• Blood in urine (red or smokey color)
• Excessive bruising
• Blood in stool (tarry or bright red color)
An identification bracelet stating that you are taking anticoagulants or blood thinner medication should be worn up until
two weeks after you quit taking the medication.
Do not take any over-the-counter aspirin, or aspirin containing products without talking to your physician.
Take our blood thinner medication at approximately the same time everyday.
ANTICOAGULATION (BLOOD THINNER) medication: (EXAMPLE: COUMADIN):
• Review the written information given to you “Guidelines for the patient going home on anticoagulant
medication” or Coumadin booklet or Lovenox info.)
• Continue to wear the bracelet stating that you were taking a blood thinner medication for two weeks after the med-
ication was stopped. Date medication stopped ___________.
• Other ____________________________________________________________________________
SUPPORT STOCKINGS (TED Hose):
Continue wearing your TED hose at home until the physician says you don’t need them. Take the TED hose off for at
least 1/2 hour twice a day. Bathe the skin and inspect the dressing/incision during this time. Inform the physician if you
see any redness or feel any sore areas on your leg.
• Keep the incision dressing clean and dry while the sutures/staples are in place.
• You may change the dressing (as shown to you in the hospital) if it becomes soiled or falls off. Wash hands before
changing the dressing.
• Talk to your physician about pain control.
WHEN TO CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN OR SEEK EMERGENCY CARE:
• Drainage from the incision • Calf pain in your legs
• Sudden increase in knee pain • Problems with breathing
• Redness around the incision • Fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit
• Increase in swelling around incision • Numbness or tingling in your legs
6012-1382 JULY 04