Congratulations on your personal success with your knee replacement and recovery.
Recovery from a TKR is not a walk in the park. You point out a valuable aspect of recovery: pre-operative strengthening of the quadriceps and hamstrings is an essential ingredient for a successful recovery. Unlike the hip, the knee joint has no bony stability. The knee depends on the strength of surrounding musculature to provide joint stability. Pre-operative strengthening provides innumerable post-operative benefits. Many orthopedic practices provide pre-operative classes or educational booklets to provide pre-operative tips.
As to your suggestion that Susie's friend consider a several week stay at a rehab facility, that will likely not be a possibility. Total knee replacements generally are no longer applicable for inpatient rehabilitation services.
Times have changed and the prevailing medical model encourages discharge to home on the day of surgery or after a one night hospital stay. Medicare, at a minimum, requires a 3 day inpatient hospital stay to be eligible for coverage for inpatient rehabilitation services. A 3 day inpatient hospital stay for a total knee replacement is few and far between.
Home health, as you were provided, is a nice physical therapy option. Also, many orthopedic practices rent to their patients portable cryotherapy units to use at home to keep Post-operative swelling and inflammation at bay. The units have a sleeve that fits over the leg through which chilled ice water circulates through cells imbedded in the sleeve. Take-home cryotherapy units are quite popular and offer patients added comfort during the recuperative process.
Post Edited ((Seashell)) : 7/13/2017 9:02:31 PM (GMT-6)