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Top 10 Most Useful Equipments For Post Knee Surgery

Imagine a patient, having just undergone orthopaedic and knee replacement surgery, taking those first steps towards recovery. The journey is not only about healing but also about equipping oneself with the right tools for a smooth transition from hospital care to the familiar embrace of home. Today, we explore the top 10 discharge equipment essentials for orthopaedic and knee replacement surgery to ensure a safe recovery after your surgery.

1. Walker with Adjustable Height:

Post Op rehab is essential in getting the best outcome of the surgery.

Pros :

  • early mobility
  • strengthen lower limbs muscles
  • ⁠reduces risk of fall and fracture
  • reduces risk of having lower limbs blood clot (DVT)

According to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, using a walker in the initial weeks post-surgery significantly reduces the risk of falls and aids in regaining mobility. A front wheel walker or crutches will help you feel more stable as you walk. Eventually you may need to use quadcane.

2. Raised Toilet Seat

Simple yet transformative, a raised toilet seat with handles is crucial for maintaining independence during daily activities. You may consider positioning a portable toilet next to the bed as an additional option.

3. Shower Chair with Non-Slip Features:

Maintaining personal hygiene is vital during recovery. A shower chair with non-slip features ensures a safe bathing experience, reducing the risk of slips and falls. Sit in shower chair with arm rest to prevent from failing.

Installing grab bars around your toilet, bathtub or shower will increase your safety during transfers.

4. Ice Pack

According to Discharge Instructions for Total Knee Replacement | Saint Luke's Health System, you can apply Ice pack every 1-2 hourly each session 10-15mins especially after exercise.

5. Home Exercise Equipment

Continuing rehabilitation at home is made easier with simple exercise equipment. Pedal exerciser would be a good tool for rehabilitation aid of lower limbs .

6. Socks

Orthopaedic related :
1. TED socks for DVT prophylaxis
2. Silver impregnated socks for early diabetic foot prophylaxis

7. Recliner Chair & Wheelchair

Creating a comfortable environment for recovery is essential. A recliner, supported by recommendations from physiotherapists, facilitates a relaxed and ergonomic space for patients to perform rehabilitation exercises and manage daily activities. A recliner offers a way to keep your leg straight and/or elevated but it also allows you to stay in a comfortable position while you rest or relax.

8. Overbed Table

Patients undergoing knee replacement surgery often experience limited mobility and discomfort in the initial stages of recovery. An overbed table provides a convenient surface for placing essential items such as medications, water, books, or electronic devices within easy reach without the need to get out of bed.

9. Long Brush & Long-Handled Reacher

A long-handled sponge can be used to wash your feet when you cannot bend and to wash your back so you keep from twisting.

A hand-held shower head allows you to control the spray of water while sitting.

Bending and reaching can be challenging after knee replacement surgery. A long-handled reacher enables patients to retrieve items without unnecessary strain on the healing joint. A reacher helps you get things from higher and lower levels. It can also help you put clothes on the lower part of your body.

A sock aid helps you put on socks without bending.

10. Hospital Bed

Utilizing the temporary rental of a hospital bed or wheelchair can aid in the recovery process. Check it our our rental of medical equipment.

Sleep with pillow under ankle, not knee.

Conclusion

Armed with the right discharge equipment, the recovery journey becomes a more manageable and empowered one. Before making a decision, it is crucial to consult with your healthcare provider or surgeon. They can provide personalized recommendations based on your specific needs and recovery trajectory. Additionally, your physical therapist will play a significant role in guiding you through the appropriate assistive devices and equipment during the rehabilitation process.



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Reference:

Related associations:

  1. Malaysian Orthopaedic Association (MOA)
  2. Malaysian Arthroscopy Society (MAS)
  3. Malaysian Spine Society (MSS)
  4. Malaysian Foot and Ankle Surgery Society (MFASS)
  5. Malaysian Association of Sports Medicine (MASM)
  6. Malaysian Osteoporosis Society

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