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Managing Self-Care After Total Knee Replacement (TKR)

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This article provides practical tips for you to perform your self-care activities safely and more easily after a total knee replacement (TKR).




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How do you manage your self-care activities after a Total Knee Replacement (TKR)?

After a TKR, you will need to take note of some do's and dont's so as to enable you to participate in your self-care activities safely and independently. The following are some examples of actions that you should take note of during your self-care activities such as sitting, dressing, showering and toileting. For further details, please approach your Occupational Therapist for assistance:


Do not Illustrations
Twist your operated leg


Jump or tip toe


Do not squat


Other activities that you need to exercise caution:

When sitting:

  • Do not sit on low chairs/sofas
  • Use a firm chair with backrest and armrest when sitting
  • Use a firm cushion if the height of the chair is too low


When dressing:

  • Sit down to wear your pants
  • Place operated leg through pant’s hole first


When showering:

  • Avoid sitting on stools
  • Sit on stable chair with back rest, preferably with arm rest.
  • An alternative would be sitting on a commode.


When toileting:

  • Do not use a squatting toilet.


  • Use an raised toilet seat if necessary
  • Use a Commode or instant toilet seat instead


Other commonly prescribed equipments:

These are some commonly recommended devices that may assist you in performing your self-care activities safely and with more ease:

For Caregivers: Assisting the individuals after a Total Knee Replacement

After a TKR, you may require further assistance from a caregiver for your self-care activities due to limitations caused by pain or stiffness. It is important to be educated on home safety issues to prevent falls or have assistive devices that may assist you and/or your caregiver to perform your self-care activities safely and with more ease. It is highly recommended that your caregiver undergoes professional caregiver training sessions so as to provide optimal and safe care. For further details, please approach your occupational therapist for assistance.

References

  1. Mahkota Hospital: Total Knee Replacement (2009). Available at: http://www.wellnesstravel.com/files/pdf/Mahkota-Total-Knee-replacement.pdf
  2. Highland Hospital: Total Knee Replacement - A guide for patients (2010). Available at: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/highland/departments-centers/evarts-joint-center/knee.aspx
- Last updated 24 Jan 2018,3:25 pm




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