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Prof. <br /> Dr. med. habil.<br /> Georg Matziolis
Dr. med. habil.
Georg Matziolis

Senior Consultant of the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery

Acting holder of the Chair for Orthopaedics of the FSU Jena at the Waldkrankenhaus Eisenberg

036691 8-1002


The artificial knee joint

The condition for good mobility of the new knee joint is early movement therapy. This should already start on the first day after the operation and be complemented by optimum pain therapy.

A continuous passive motion machine ensures passive, joint-protecting mobilisation after the operation and complements post-operative movement exercises, which our experienced physiotherapists carry out daily with the patient. The aim is to restore mobility and the load capacity of the knee as quickly as possible. For this, orthopaedic surgeons and physiotherapists cooperate with the anaesthetists. Local pain catheters and painkillers form part of optimum pain therapy and accelerate the rehabilitation process.

Usually the patient can already get up one day after the operation with the help of a physiotherapist and move around independently on crutches after four days: For the next four to six weeks, the patient is reliant on these aids, as the operated knee joint should still be protected during this phase. After approximately eight to ten days, the patient can return home or attend a rehabilitation facility. The exact period of stay on the ward depends on the individual healing of the wound and the degree of mobility achieved.

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