Do’s and Don’ts Before and After Knee or Hip Surgery

Preferably a person who may need to undergo a knee or hip replacement  should attempt to avoid the surgery by incorporating into his life several methods of exercise. However if that is not possible or it hasn’t alleviated the situation and surgery becomes necessary there are a number of preparations that should be followed before and after the surgery.

Before surgery:

  1. Increase liquid intake: Water and other liquids are necessary to repair any muscles or tissues that may be damaged during surgery. This should be done as far in advance as possible by drinking plenty of water.
  2. Proper movement: Getting a  physical therapist or other professional before the surgery to help you establish patterns of movement that will properly align your body before and after surgery is highly advisable. They can assist you in strengthening and balancing the muscles around the affected area, easing the recovery.
  3. Proper eating:  find out what foods are better that can help  metabolic healing. For example:  garlic added  to food can be helpful because it has balanced amino acids and anti-inflammatory properties.
  4. Sufficient rest: Enough rest is important anytime you change a routine as well as helping to  repair damaged muscle and tissue. Rest can also reinforce healthy muscles and tissues.
  5. Avoid stress: Stress can alter everything about you. Seek to relieve all sources of stress at work or in the home or with family responsibilities. Prepare the home for post surgery. i.e. if you normally sleep in an upstairs bedroom arrange for sleeping on the lower level as you will not be able to negotiate stairs for a while.

After  surgery:

  1. Continue to drink plenty of water.
  2. Only move according to instructions and limitations given to you by your physical therapist. Don’t overdo it. Submit to all the physical therapy sessions you are advised to attend and do what you are instructed. Get enough therapy to return you to a normal state even if you have to find additional professionals to do so. Don’t stop too soon.
  3. Continue the healing diet.
  4. Get even more rest and sleep than before. This is necessary for proper healing.
  5. Get any help necessary to conduct your home life as you are used to i.e. not doing laundry etc.You may not be able to predict everything you need beforehand.

Above all stop using the new joint in the way that you did the old one as that is what got you into this situation in the first place. If not the same problem may reoccur.

During pre and post surgery rehabilitation it would be very helpful to use the best physical therapy solutions available such as the TUTOR system. The LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR are 2 physical therapy products designed to do just that.

The LEGTUTOR consists of a safe comfortable leg brace with position and speed sensors that precisely record three dimensional hip and knee movements. The LEGTUTOR has a a range of motion limiter that can limit the dynamic range of knee extension and flexion. Rehabilitation games allow the patient to exercise Range of Motion, speed and accuracy of movement. The LEGTUTOR facilitates evaluation and treatment of the lower extremity including isolated and combined hip and knee movements.

The 3DTUTOR can be used alone or in combination with the  LEGTUTOR to exercise additional interjoint coordination movements. The 3DTUTOR is a wireless motion feedback device that can be positioned on discreet joints of various parts of the body including lower extremities. This allows for evaluation and treatment of the joint of choice.

The TUTOR system is currently in use in leading U.S. and European hospitals and clinics and can be used by children as young as 5 as well as by adults. The TUTORs can also be used at home through telerehabilitation affording a patient who underwent knee or hip surgery to avail himself of intensive exercises without returning to the clinic.

The TUTORs are fully certified by he FDA and CE. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information.


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