Re: What equipment is very helpful after knee replacement?
I am a 47 year old female and had a TKR on 11/26/08. I was in the hospital for 3 days and went home with a walker and crutches. Depending on the layout of your home, I recommend creating a clear path to your nearest bathroom, and YES, I found that a toilet riser seat was a needed and welcomed addition to use the bathroom comfortably. Having to sit down on low surfaces was a problem. The two weeks following the surgery, I mostly was in my bedroom, moving from my bed to the bathroom. When the P/T came to provide therapy, I did those exercises in my bedroom. I was up and moving around without much pain after two weeks following surgery. I only needed one crutch and did not use the walker at all. I was not the best patient following surgery. I really only did about three outside visits to physical therapy. The machine that I was sent home with (passive exercise machine) was really helpfull in ensuring that I had constant movement on my knee MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT THE DAY. I probably overused that machine, but in the long run, I think it helped me acheive good radius movement of my knee. I also HIGHLY recommend renting one of those ICE MACHINES that fit over your knee and provide continuous ice to prevent further swelling to the knee. I think this was very helpful as well. You can count on having swelling for up to 6 or more months following surgery. The more you get your knee active and moving, the better it will be!