What to Expect at Home
After you have knee replacement surgery, you will need to be careful about how you move your knee, especially for the first few months after surgery.
In time, you should be able to return to your previous level of activity. But even then, you will need to move carefully so that you do not injure your new knee replacement. Be sure to get your home ready for when you return, so you can move more easily and prevent falls.
When you are getting dressed:
- Avoid putting your pants on while standing up. Sit on a chair or the edge of your bed, so you are more stable.
- Use devices that help you get dressed without bending too much, such as a reacher, a long-handled shoehorn, elastic shoe laces, and an aid for putting on socks.
- First put pants, socks, or pantyhose on the leg that you had surgery on.
- When you undress, remove clothes from your surgery side last.