Total knee replacement is the implantation of a device to substitute for the femoral condyles and tibial joint surfaces.
Watch this video how it performed.
- Monitor surgical incision for drainage and infection.
- Begin continuous passive motion 24 to 48 hours postoperatively as prescribed to exercise the knee and provide moderate flexion and extension.
- Administer analgesics before continuous passive motion to decrease pain.
- Prepare the client for out of bed activities as prescribed; have the client avoid leg dangling.
- Avoid weight bearing and instruct the client in the use of the prescribed assistive device, such as a walker.
- Postoperative blood salvage may be prescribed to collect, filter, and reinfuse salvaged blood into client.