Daily care of your Knee Replacement Incision

Knee Replacement Incision care

Daily Knee Replacement Incision care is one of the common searches done by many Knee Replacement Patients.

Here we will discuss daily care routine for knee replacement incision.

Before I tell you guys more about the daily routine, let me tell you its importance.

By taking care of the incision, you are reducing the chances of scarring, avoid infection and other potential Knee Replacement problems. 

Also, its a matter of personal hygiene, and I am sure you don’t want to look and feel messy, right?

Knee Replacement Incision

Your knee doctor must have used any of the following materials for sutures to close the incision:

  • Stitches
  • Staples
  • Tissue Glue
  • Tape strips

After your knee surgery, your first and foremost responsibility is to keep the operated area clean and change the dressing according to doctor’s instructions.

Mistakes Patient makes in Knee Replacement Incision Care:

  • Do not follow the doctor’s instructions in changing dressings.
  • Do not keep an eye for signs of infections.
  • Prematurely remove the dressing materials mentioned earlier.
  • Scrub and rub the incision and apply lotion and powder on it.
  • Soak the Knee replacement incision while taking a shower without putting on the plastic protector.

However, the following signs are of frequent occurrence at Knee Replacement Incision site and should not be a cause of concern:

  • Soreness
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Some itching around the incision
  • Some oozing and bruising

Has your doctor told you to change dressing by yourself?

If yes, then follow the below-mentioned steps to change the dressing and clean the incision.

How to Change a dressing?

  1. Gather all dressing materials and your first aid kit.
  2. Prepare dressing supplies for appropriate sizing as per your incision size.
  3. Follow proper hand wash procedure and wear medical gloves.
  4. Remove the previous dressing.
  5. Clean the incision.
  6. Look out for signs of infection.
  7. Apply new dressing material and tape it securely.
  8. Dispose of old dressing material safely.
  9. Wash your hands thoroughly.

How to clean Knee Replacement Incision

Follow these simple steps to clean your incision:

  • Gently wash the incision with soap and lukewarm water.
  • Lukewarm water can help you remove the crust easily by making it soft.
  • Avoid using iodine or rubbing alcohol since they are known to slow wound healing.
  • Pat dry your incision with an unused towel.
  • Reapply the dressing.

Other incision care tips

Avoid direct sun exposure of your knee replacement incision for up to a year. Direct exposure of your new skin around your incision can cause bad scarring since they burn more quickly than healthy skin.

Common symptoms after surgery

Your incision will be swollen, bruised (black and blue in color) and may be red after surgery. If you had a drain placed during surgery, you may see bruising anywhere from your thigh down to your toes. These symptoms are common and part of the healing process.

The following symptoms are also common after surgery:

  • temperature below 101.6 F
  • discomfort, fatigue or pain
  • warmth or numbness around your incision
  • spotty drainage, red or clear in color, lasting for one to five days

It is important to monitor your symptoms every day to make sure your incision is healing properly.

When to call your surgeon for Knee Replacement Incision

Don’t call the doctorSymptomCall The Doctor
< 101.6 FTemperature> 101.6 F or higher
Spotty drainage, Red or clear in color,
lasting for one to five days
DrainageYellow color, Foul smelling
Some PainPainSevere
Some Swelling, BruizingSwellingSevere
Not presentBlistersAround Incision
Some WeaknessWeaknessCalf muscle firmness
Some NumbnessNumbness
Some BruizesBruizes


Hi all. Welcome to my website www.kneereplacementrehab.com. I am Ankur Desai, a licensed physiotherapist in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I have a special interest in musculoskeletal Physical therapy and more so in Knee rehab.

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