If your teenager is going to be having knee surgery, you'll need to be prepared for the recovery period. Recovering from knee surgery can be a difficult time for teens, especially if they're used to being active. Regardless of how much your teen wants to be up and moving after surgery, they'll need to take it easy until their doctor gives them the go-ahead to get back to their daily routine. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure your teen has a comfortable and safe recovery period.
Get the Bedroom Ready
Following surgery, your teen will need to spend some time in bed. Because of this, it's crucial that you prepare the bedroom for their recovery period. Begin by elevating the mattress just a bit. This is particularly important if the bed sits low to the floor. The height of the mattress should be at a level that allows your teen the ability to get in and out of bed easily, and without putting undue stress on their knees. Adding a foam mattress pad will elevate the mattress to a comfortable level. If your teen doesn't have a lamp next to the bed, one should be added. That way, they don't have to get in and out of bed to adjust the light.
Create a Comfortable Space
Once your teen is able to get out of bed and move to the living room, you'll want to create a comfortable space for them to relax. It's important to remember that your teen will need to keep their knee straight for at least several days. To accommodate that, you should make sure that you have either a recliner or a comfortable chair with an accessible ottoman available for them. It's also important that your teen have access to a phone charger and television remote near their chair. That way, they don't need to risk moving around to access the things they'll need while they're resting.
Rearrange the House
As your teen recovers from knee surgery, they'll be cleared to move around the house a bit more. However, their knee will still be vulnerable to further injury, and they might still be a little awkward on their ability to move around safely. Because of that, you'll need to rearrange the house to remove any trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall hazards.
Know the Warning Signs
While your teen is recovering from knee surgery, it's important that you know the warning signs to watch out for. If your teen should develop a fever, redness, or unusual discharge from the wound site, or increased pain, you'll want to contact their doctor right away.