One of the main reasons why most people in Singapore dread basically any surgical procedure is that complications may arise later. While that may be true, there are a handful of things you can do to keep any complications at bay. Everything from eating right to meticulously following your doctor’s or surgeon’s instructions can go a long way in helping you recover quicker and reduce the odds of any issue occurring in the future.
If you recently had ACL tear surgery for knee cap, or you are going to have one very soon, you are going to benefit from this article, as we will be looking at some five easy things you can easily do to ensure that no complications arise days, weeks or, months after your surgery.
Preventing blood clots
Preventing blood clotting in your leg region should be at the top of your priority after your surgery. The reason for this is that blood clotting can cause acute pain in your calf region. A great way to increase circulation and prevent clotting is my moving your ankles up and down at least once every 60 seconds or 10 times in 10 minutes. You may have to do this for the next 2 to 3 days to be on the safe side. Don’t hesitate to contact your doctor if you develop serious pain in your leg region, as it could be an early indication of clotting.
Take pain medication
Expect to experience excruciating pain and severe discomfort for the first couple of days after your surgery. Only take the pain relief medications prescribed to you by your doctor, taking any other thing is a recipe for disaster, as it could affect your body negatively.
Your doctor may likely recommend you taking over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen or something stronger.
Bend your knee
You can start bending your knee soon after your procedure. Take things slowly, speed isn’t your friend here. Try to be as gentle as possible. Start by slowly straightening your leg. Next, bend your knee, and if need be, use your hands for assistance. Aim to achieve around a 0 to 90 degrees motion range before your first post-operation visit, which is usually a week after your surgery.
Expect to have a low-grade fever for the first few days after your surgery. Your temperature may rise to 38 degree Celsius or 101-degree Fahrenheit for the first five days. If your body temperature goes higher than that or lasts longer than five days, then you can call your doctor. He is likely going to give you a medication that will help bring down your temperature level.
The dressing on your knee is likely going to be removed the day after your surgery. There might be a need for minor fluid draining for a couple of days, after which, sterile bandages will be used. To ensure that any post-surgery complications don’t arise, keep your wound dry and clean.
If you can do some, if not all the things discussed in this article, the odds of any post-surgery complication arising will be very slim. Even more, you will transit smoothly into rehabilitation. Try not to do anything strenuous, or that will strain your leg region for the first few months after your surgery.