Knee Surgery – What to Expect After the Knife

A Guest Post by Rose

Once, I was posed this question by a friend. I wasn’t even in the authority to answer it. But finally, I became acquainted with such questions after being in the industry for a bout some time. Yes, it may be painful but it will be bearable. Of course, it depends on your strength of mind.

Patience is a virtue—true even when it is applied with knee surgery. Of course the pain after might be bearable, but the long time that you will be healing sometimes may take a toll in you.

Why Knee Surgery Happens

There are different types of knee surgery. But let’s not focus on that. But say let’s talk why it is done.

Knee surgery is often done due to injuries brought on by accidents, by medical conditions such as arthritis or due to little knee complications. Traditional type of surgery or an arthroscopy can be performed.

Knee surgery can also happen due to knee replacement. Knee replacement is done when your knee can’t hold your weight anymore and your knees needs to be replaced by artificial means.

Healing and Recovery Time

Healing and recovery depends on the individual. Some are more determined than others and some are just plain too complaining. The trick in healing fast is to accept what your doctors tell you, know your post-operative care and listen to your own body.

The average recovery time for knee surgery is four to six weeks. This can lengthen or shorten depending on your obedience to the right things to be done. Of course before the surgery, there will be absence of pain, given the anesthesia and all other numbing agents. But then after, when all anesthetic are gone, you may start to feel the pain.

Overcoming the Pain

You may not overcome pain altogether in one shot but you can tolerate it day by day until it hurts no more. Here are some tips for it (this needs an approval from your doctor first; I am in no way a doctor or a healing prescriptionist):

  1. Feel the pain till it hurts no more. It should be mind over matter. Start to feel the pain and feel it. Then try to numb it off hit the power of your thinking. This is applicable in almost any other body pain. Concentrate on that pain and embrace it instead of fighting it off. The pain will become too familiar and wouldn’t feel like it hurts.
  2. When it starts to feel painful, keep yourself busy. Try to watch a very interesting movie, read a book, and talk with your friends. Or eat your favorite. They are little things but they can be very beneficial in taking your mind off from your worries.
  3. Have some first aid in hand. If your doctor okays it, you may try applying some ice packs to it. Or some numbing cream or a pain reliever. But then pain reliever isn’t that advised. A clean cold compress can help a lot but never apply direct on your stitches.

Easy right? You may feel disadvantaged while you are healing but think that isn’t just a temporary adversary. Later on, once you gained back your mobility, you will be yourself again.

Author: Rose is a health blogger who feels fulfillment in guiding readers through pain and sports injury treatment and other health-related issue. Visit Sports Med for more sports injury help.


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