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After Knee Revision Surgery

In this section, we will discuss a few things you need to know in regard to surgery and recovery. We will cover some common hospital protocols as well as precautions your doctor and staff will be taking to avoid complications which can result from surgery.

  • Surgery and recovery
  • Post-operative care and precautions
  • Rehabilitation after knee revision surgery
  • Hospital discharge and home instructions
  • Life after knee revision surgery

When surgery is completed, you will be taken to the recovery room for a period of close observation. Your blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and body temperature will be closely monitored with special attention given to the circulation and sensation in the feet and legs. When you awaken and your condition is stabilized, you will be transferred to your room.

While protocols differ from hospital to hospital, here is a list of things you may see when you wake up:

  • A large dressing applied to the surgical area
  • A drain tube leading directly into the surgical area
  • An IV will continue post-operatively in order to provide adequate fluids and administer antibiotics and other medications
  • A catheter may have been inserted into your bladder as the side effects of medication make it difficult to urinate 
  • A continuous passive motion (CPM) unit may be placed on your leg to slowly and gently bend and straighten your knee, to help more quickly regain your knee range of motion
  • A patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) device may be connected to your IV for pain relief


The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation. The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.