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Caregivers Guide

A Caregiver Resource for the Joint Replacement Patient at Home

Being a caregiver can be important for those post-op patients recovering from joint replacement surgery. This information will help with some of the many questions and concerns about caring for a joint replacement patient.

Home Safety and Avoiding Falls

 

Body Changes

Patients will typically go through body changes, be aware that most are normal. Follow a surgeon’s recommendations if needed.

 

Stockings

The patient may be asked to wear special stockings that help compress the veins in their legs.

 Biomet does not practice medicine and postoperative instructions may vary. The treating surgeon’s instructions should be followed in lieu of this general information.

Incision Care

Changing the Dressing (ONLY IF DIRECTED BY SURGEON)

Wash hands to open all dressing change materials (ABD pads, 4x4 if needed, Betadine® swab if indicated) and remove stocking and old dressing.


Controlling Discomfort

 

Recognizing & Preventing Potential Complications

Infection

Infection may have the following signs:


Blood Clots in Legs

Surgery may cause the blood to slow and coagulate in the veins of the patient's legs, creating a blood clot. If a clot occurs despite these measures, the patient may need to be admitted to the hospital to receive intravenous blood thinners. It is important to be prompt upon the following signs:

In order to help prevent blood clots:


Pulmonary Embolus

An unrecognized blood clot could break away from the vein and travel to the lungs. This is an emergency and you should CALL 911 upon the following signs:


In order to prevent pulmonary embolus prevent blood clots in the legs and recognize if a blood clot is in the leg and call a physician promptly.


Dislocation - Hip Only

Signs of Dislocation



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