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Recovery From Total Knee Replacement

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Presentation: Knee Replacement
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After the procedure you will be moved to a recovery room. In this room you will be with other post-operative patients and healthcare providers will be available to assist you with any problems or concerns. You will be kept here until your healthcare providers feel that you are recovering well, usually this is within 1-2 hours.
As you wake up, you may become aware of the catheter in your bladder and may notice that some blood has already collected in the plastic container outside your skin. Tight stockings may be placed on your feet and legs that help prevent blood clots.
It is common to feel some pain in your knee. Pain medicine can be given to help relieve this.
It is also common to shiver after receiving general anesthesia. If this happens your healthcare providers can to give you medication that will stop the shivering. Warm blankets are also available to comfort you.
Some patients experience nausea after their procedure, which can be related to the medications used. This should not last long but can take up to 24 hours to resolve completely.
Remember that your healthcare provider wants you to recover without any problems. So be sure to report anything that does not feel normal or "right."

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