For knee replacement surgery patients, incision care is one of the most important and critical issues.
This article will discuss incision care, protocol that is used by surgery patients following many types of knee surgeries which dramatically reduces chances of any post-surgical problems and complications.
Almost all knee replacement surgeons use staples nowadays to close the incision created by and following surgery. Staples are the fastest way for a surgeon to close an incision; closing the incision as fast as possible is crucial as it minimizes the chance for infection. This method does, however, come with some drawbacks such as causing mild discomfort and the tendency to leave a dot like appearance on the suture line.
There are some other techniques too such as using non-absorbable sutures like nylon or wire and subcuticular suture.
Different knee doctors have formulated and utilized different techniques and preferences over the years, but all of them believe in closing the incision as fast as possible thus reducing chances of infection.
Sometimes following surgery, an incision might have tiny oozing spots (which are common). The nursing staff will be on the lookout for this and take care of it as it occurs by treating the wound with some extra dressing.
Usually throughout the duration of post-operative stay at the hospital, nursing staff and doctors will take good care of incision. It is routine practice for many hospitals to change and apply new dressing on the day of discharge.
Usually in your discharge note from the hospital all details are provided to you in written-form; if not you should definitely request this information from the nursing staff.
Once a patient reaches home showering is allowed for many knee replacement patients after 2-3 days unless the doctor sees a major issue with it.
As a patient you have to make sure to keep the incision area as
dry as possible. For keeping the Incision dry while showering I highly recommend:
Once in the shower you must be extremely careful as any accidental
slip-up can be hazardous to your new knee(s).(Shower modification ideas for knee replacement patients)
Scarring is a common problem for many knee replacement surgery patients; as such it has been touched on briefly here.
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