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After Knee Surgery Pain Management Techniques

Before Knee Surgery – Available Classes

Some hospitals and special therapy centers offer education classes about pre-operative knee and other joint surgery. The information received will give patients a grasp as to what to expect after knee surgery. The surgery and rehabilitation will go much better if the patient knows what to expect. Topics that are covered at these classes are as follows:

  • Preparing for surgery – home and body
  • What to expect – hospital treatment and equipment
  • Method of pain control
  • Tips for performing daily living activities after surgery
  • Options for rehabilitation
  • Guidelines for physical activity

The chosen hospital will have a multidisciplinary joint surgery team, which includes nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists, who will teach the course. Questions can be asked so that the patients will feel knowledgeable about every element of the joint replacement procedure. An MRI or CT scan is completed before surgery to establish an accurate three-dimension archetype of the knee. The surgeon will establish a perfect surgical design using a unique computer program to create patient-specific devices for the patient’s knee. These particular instruments help the surgeon attain perfect leg alignment.