Knee surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States. For many knee surgery patients, the complications that lead to knee surgery are often precipitated by many years of pain, discomfort and alternative treatments that are unsuccessful. If you are struggling with chronic knee pain, and you are in need of knee surgery, it is important to become familiar with not only the dynamics of your knee surgery but also the recovery and how you can aid in the speed of recovery after knee surgery.
Wedge pillows have become a popular home medical supply item in the United States. For many adults, wedge pillows are used to alleviate back pain, shoulder pain and even head pain. For adults who are undergoing knee surgery, the leg wedge pillow may be a vital part of your recovery and help to reduce discomfort in the days and weeks after surgery.
When visiting with your orthopedic surgeon about your knee surgery, be sure to ask about the need and use of a leg wedge pillow. By ordering a custom leg wedge pillow, and placing the pillow between your knees when sleeping, you can alleviate the pressure, tension, and swelling of your knees after surgery. In addition, the comfort from the leg wedge pillow will allow you to rest more comfortably which, as we know, sleep is vital to your recovery as well.
While traditional bed pillows can provide some of the same benefits as a leg wedge pillow, many knee surgery patients report the leg wedge pillow is far more useful as it does not lose shape or form, and they maintain hold of the body part that is in need of healing. These advantages are far worth the cost of purchasing the leg wedge pillow for your knee surgery healing.
Most insurance companies will insure the cost of the leg wedge pillow when it is ordered by your surgeon and the product can be purchased in a local medical supply store. If your insurance company does not cover the cost of your leg wedge pillow, keep your receipts as it is a medical expense that can be itemized off your out-of-pocket medical expenses on your federal income tax return.
Knee surgery is a simple process that is usually done on an outpatient basis. For most adults, the complications of knee surgery are relatively minor, if they occur at all. If you are about to undergo knee surgery, ask your surgeon about the use of a leg wedge pillow as the minor cost may provide a significant amount of relief and speed up your recovery time.
Sources: Journal of Orthopedic Medicine, 2007: 8: 9-10.