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All exercises need to be done as directed by your medical practitioner.

IMPORTANT EASY GLIDER INFORMATION

POST PRIMARY TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT (TKR) ARTHROPLASTY OPERATION

 

THERAPEUTIC EXERCISES

 This physical therapy information is to provide the user of an Easy Glider Apparatus with a guideline of the post-operative rehabilitation course of a user who has undergone a primary total knee replacement (TKR) arthroplasty operation.

 

It is by no means intended to be a substitute of your surgeon or other health professional’s decision making regarding the progression of your postoperative course based on their physical exam/findings, individual progress, and/or the presence of post-operative complications

 

This physical therapy protocol applies to primary total knee arthroplasty. In a revision (partial) total knee arthroplasty, or in cases where there is more connective tissue involvement, Phase I and II should be progressed with more caution to ensure adequate healing

Primary total knee replacement (TKR) surgery  (TKR arthroplasty) is typically done when severe arthritis causes knee pain, limited motion, and extreme difficulty with walking. If you have had a TKR or are expecting to have one, you should benefit from physical therapy after surgery to help you regain your normal mobility.

A knee post-operative protocol is a general guideline that your surgeon and other health professionals may follow to ensure that you are progressing properly after your surgery. The TKR protocol provides you and your physical therapist a framework on which to build your rehabilitation program. The Easy Glider Apparatus usage is a valuable contributor to this.  

If you are expecting to have TKR surgery, ask your surgeon if he or she has a specific post-operative protocol that you should follow. If not, your physical therapist may have one that can help you understand what to expect during your rehabilitation after your TKR surgery.

Phase I Post-Op Day 1-2

The primary purpose of the Easy Glider Apparatus is to help improve your knee ‘Range of Movement’ and strength and can help keep your ankles and hips moving to make walking easier. Together with simple exercises like pumping your ankles and squeezing your buttocks can prevent blood from pooling in your body. This is important to help prevent a serious condition called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Your main goal in this phase after TKR is to become independent in with functional mobility so you can leave the hospital and go home. This includes being able to move in bed, get out of bed, and walk as well as use. stairs in your home, it is important to be able to navigate those stairs, and you Easy Glider Apparatus can help you master this task.

Phase II Post-Op Week 1-2

After 2 to 3 days in hospital, you should have improved functional mobility and may be discharged.  You may be moved to a sub-acute rehabilitation facility. There you will be able to focus more on gaining fuller knee range of motion and strength to ultimately improve your function. Continuing daily use of your Easy Glider Apparatus will assist markedly with this.

The focus of this therapy is to regain and maximize your safe functional mobility by continuing on working on knee ROM and strength.

and it is expected that you  will be able to bend your knee to a 90˚ angle be the end of week 2.

Post-OP Week 3-6

By the third week after your TKR surgery,  by continuing with your Easy Glider Apparatus your knee motion should improve gradually to about 100-105˚ by the end of week 6.

During this time, you may have you continue to use ice to help control pain caused by the swelling that is around your knee joint but by using your Easy Glider Apparatus daily this may markedly reduce recovery time.  Sometimes swelling persists for many weeks after TKR surgery.

Post-OP Week 7-8

During the final two weeks of your post-operative TKR rehabilitation, use of your Easy Glider Apparatus should continue to focus on gaining strength in the muscles around your knee and leg.

During this time, you should be able to fully progress to walking normally with no assistive device, and your pain should be under control.

Remember that every person is different, and many factors help determine the overall outcome after TKR surgery. While a week-by-week protocol provides a general framework of what to expect after surgery, your specific progression through the protocol may be faster or slower

UKA and revision TKA

Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty and revision operation patients have limitations similar to patients who undergo TKA and the Easy Glider Apparatus can be used in these cases as well