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Questions to ask your doctor after knee replacement

What to ask your doctor after knee replacement; Knee replacement - after - what to ask your doctor; Knee arthroplasty - after - what to ask your doctor

You had surgery to get a new knee joint.

Below are questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your new joint.

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How did the surgery go? Is there anything different from what we discussed before surgery?

When will I go home? Will I be able to go straight home, or do I need to go to a rehabilitation facility for more recovery?

How active will I be after I go home?

Will I have pain medicines when I go home? How should I take them?

Will I need to take blood thinners when I go home?

How can I get my home ready after I go home?

What are the signs that something is wrong with my new knee? How can I prevent problems with my new knee?

What are other signs and symptoms that I need to call the doctor's office?

How do I take care of my surgical wound?

References

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Total knee replacement. orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/total-knee-replacement. Updated June 2020. Accessed July 16, 2021.

Mihalko WM. Arthroplasty of the knee. In: Azar FM, Beaty JH, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 14th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 7.

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Review Date: 6/13/2021  

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