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Hip/Knee Replacement

If you or a loved one needs a hip or knee replacement, you might think the difficult part will be behind you once you’ve returned home. But what you do during the recovery period is critical to improving your strength and range of motion in the joint, as well as preventing blood clots, infections, and other complications from developing. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York can monitor your condition at home and help you to better understand the recovery process and resume activities as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Understanding Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgery involves replacing the ends of the bones and the cartilage in a damaged joint to relieve pain from arthritis, an injury, or another medical condition and restore the range of motion and strength you need to perform your daily activities.

As you recover from surgery, you’ll probably use a walker or crutches to walk and some of your movements may be restricted during the healing process. Doing physical therapy and following a prescribed exercise program can help you get the greatest benefit from your surgery. Your doctor will recommend precautions to take and prescribe medications to reduce pain and soreness. VNSNY can help you follow your treatment plan so you can get back on your feet more easily.

How VNSNY Can Help

Our professional staff can help you follow your doctor’s recommendations and recover from joint replacement surgery at home. Our services include:

  • Helping you to follow your surgeon’s exercise recommendations
  • Addressing safety issues in your home, including the need for adaptive equipment, and assessing your ability to care for yourself
  • Handling wound and incision care to facilitate healing and prevent complications 
  • Improving your comfort at home during the healing process
  • Helping you to take medications to manage pain and monitor their effects

 

Contact

To learn more about how VNSNY can help you or a loved one manage after joint replacement surgery, contact us at 1-800-675-0391.