Robotic knee replacements are widely known to be safer and more precise than a standard knee replacement. Using technology to help position and insert the replacement joint, the procedure benefits from a high success rate and fewer complications.
If you are due to undergo a robotic knee replacement, there are some things you will want to do to prepare. Here, we’ll look at how to prepare for the procedure to ensure the best recovery and results.
Follow your surgeon’s instructions
The best way to prepare for a robotic knee replacement is to follow your surgeon’s advice. During your pre-op appointment, you will be given instructions on how to prepare for the procedure and what to expect.
The recommendations provided to you by the surgeon are based upon your own specific requirements. They take into account your age, health, and individual risk factors. Following these recommendations will ensure you are well prepared for the procedure and that you know exactly what to expect.
Drug and supplement requirements
Prior to a robotic knee replacement, you may need to stop taking certain types of medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and blood thinning medications will need to be stopped for a set period of time. The surgeon will let you know when to stop taking the medications.
Alongside medications, you should also stop taking supplements approximately one week before the procedure. This includes Ginseng, fish oil, and Vitamin E.
Nicotine causes oxygen flow to be restricted so slows down the healing process post-surgery. It also increases the risks associated with a general anaesthetic. It is advisable to stop smoking as soon as possible before surgery and for a period of time afterwards to reduce the risk of developing complications.
Focus on your physical fitness
Regular exercise before your knee replacement procedure can ensure you’re in the best shape for surgery. It can help you lose weight if required, which will reduce pressure on your new knee joint. Pre-hab can also help you strengthen the supporting structures of the knee joint in preparation for your recovering period.
Prepare the home and arrange assistance
Although robotic knee replacements do provide a faster recovery time than traditional procedures, you will still need to take it easy for a while. Organise for somebody to collect you and take you home and help out around the house if needed.
You may want to rearrange the furniture and get things organised around the home too. Cooking in bulk can also help to ensure you have delicious and nutritious meals ready for when you get home. The more preparation you do around the home, the easier you will find your recovery.
These are some of the most important things to do before undergoing a robotic knee replacement. Remember, the best way to prepare is to follow the instructions provided to you by your surgeon Mr Jonathan Webb.