In it, they take you from getting ready for surgery to post-operative recovery, touching on both the physical and mental aspects of healing.
What is particularly useful about this guide is that it is actionable.
For instance, instead of simply suggesting you should prepare healthy meals to freeze so that post-surgery meals simply require a reheat, you’ve got a link to suggested recipes.
Same thing for suggesting that you outsource chores when friends and family members aren’t available. The guide lists sites such as TaskRabbit for errands and Homejoy if you need your house cleaned. Dog walking is something many patients need to arrange, and the site DogWalker.com is also included as a suggested resource.
Details are Important
Pretty much everything has been thought of in the eKneewalker guide.
Consider the tip about storing any throw rugs you might have in the “Preparing Your Home” section. “They are too easy to trip on, especially when you are relying on a mobility device.” The article goes on to advise that “if you have any exposed electrical cords on the floor, you will need to re-route those along the wall.”
Once you’re home and on the road to recovery, you’ll be glad that you’ve checked off items from the guide. That way, you remember things like getting your temporary handicapped parking tag and applying for temporary disability. The article contains links to how you can find your state’s DMV website as well as how to apply for disability.
Keep Off That Foot or Ankle
The guide specifically mentions the importance of complying with non-weight-bearing instructions. It’s crucial that patients do not put any weight at all on the leg in question until you’ve been okayed to do so by your doctor. As the eKneewalker guide says: “Use your mobility device(s) to keep that foot elevated and off the ground. Any pressure on a foot or ankle that has been recently surgically repaired can compromise the success of your recovery.”
Exercise and Depression
The Laurel House exercise video mentioned in the article is a good one. Not only does exercise keep the rest of your body flexible and really make you feel like you’re on the road to recovery, it can also help ward off post-surgical depression. Not everyone suffers depression after surgery, but it’s good to be educated about the possibility. The eKneewalker guide offers a “three-step process to keep in mind so you can be prepared for any signs of post-surgery depression.”