Body Positioning During Recovery from Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries
Jennifer Williams on 8th Jan 2014
The Back Max Body Wedge Cushion is a 3-piece multi-functional cushion system, which provides complete back and body support in 8 different ways! You can arrange the ergonomically designed cushions in multiple configurations to suite your individual support needs. You can even recreate the zero gravity position, placing your body at a 120-degree angle, one of the most relaxed positions for your body. There is a unique zippered connection that allows full adjustability. All you have to do is just zip it apart and use each cushion individually, or in any combination together. Change the placement of the cushions to gain different elevations for specific body parts.
The Benefits of the Back Max Wedge Cushion System
- Multi-functional full body support system helps creates positions recommended for elevating all parts of the body, including upper body, knees, legs and feet.
- Head and body elevation is often recommended after surgery and for specific ailments
- Can be used in bed or on the floor
- Perfect for watching television, napping or reading.
- Unique, zippered design allows cushions to be used together or separately
- Ultimate comfort for back, hips, legs and feet
If you have had any knee or hip surgery the Back Max Body Wedge can enhance your comfort during your recovery. Knee replacement surgery involves a long recovery period and it can be very uncomfortable. According to WebMD “In knee replacement surgery, the ends of the damaged thigh and lower leg (shin) bones and usually the kneecap are capped with artificial surfaces lined with metal and plastic. Usually, doctors replace the entire surface at the ends of the thigh and lower leg bones. Doctors usually secure knee joint components to the bones with cement.
Recovery from knee replacement surgery requires at least 6-12 weeks. You will spend 3-4 days in the hospital if there are no complications. While you are recovering in the hospital you will work with a physical therapist or a health care provider who will teach you some exercises and gradually increase your activities. Once you are home you will need to take it easy, the doctor will probably recommend that you use ice packs, sleep on a lower level of your home so you won’t have to climb stairs and finally he or she will tell you to keep your knee elevated. Elevating your knee above your hips or heart helps to prevent blood clots and reduce swelling. You must stay elevated as long as possible.
The Back Max is the perfect product for your recovery, you will be able to keep comfortable while you’re napping or watching television. To aid in your recovery you can use the leg elevation position which comforts and supports legs and facilitates lower body circulation. The rounded edge gently supports the knees, allowing calf muscles to relax. It helps to relieve pressure on the lower spine so that muscles can relax. Or you can try elevating your leg with the foot rest. Enjoy all of the same benefits offered with the leg elevation position but add the foot rest to elevate feet; it comforts and supports swollen feet.
If you are planning on having hip replacement surgery then you should have the Back Max on hand and ready to go before you get home, using this device after hip replacement surgery will help your healing process. According to WebMD “Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a doctor surgically removes a painful hip joint with arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components. It usually is done when all other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief. The procedure should relieve a painful hip joint, making walking easier.
Recovering from hip replacement surgery is similar to knee replacement surgery in that your doctor may tell you to use ice packs, take it easy, sleep on the lower level of your home and elevate your hips. Bone Smart indicates that “Elevating your legs will also help to reduce pain and swelling.” You can use the Back Max to help you elevate your legs comfortably, you can choose to use it as is or use the leg elevation position or the leg elevation position with foot rest. The Bone Smart site also indicates, “By putting your feet higher than your hips, you will be able to offset some of the physical discomfort in your legs. Regular practice of elevating your legs several times a day combined with icing and proper medication will greatly manage your pain.”
The Back Max Body Wedge Cushion is not a medical device and is intended only to improve comfort, posture and support. It is not intended to treat any medical conditions.