Recently, your doctor replaced your old painful knee with a new artificial one. Now that you are out of the hospital, you should be able to stand and walk normally very soon.
However, to get the best recovery possible, you’ll need to walk frequently and exercise your knee every day.
One important part of your recovery is continued use of the GAP-FLEX® System your doctor ordered for you in the hospital. GAP-FLEX® is a simple device combination designed to help you flex your knee more and more over time. As you feel more flexible, you simply peel off layers of foam until you are able to bend your knee over the base foam.
Start by lying on your back with your bed in a flat position. Lift the leg with the new knee and flex your knee approximately 90 degrees. Place the GAP-FLEX® under the knee with the GAP-FLEX® logo facing away from you. The GAP-FLEX® should touch up against the back of your thigh, and the padded “T” bar should be directly under the back of your knee, allowing the knee to bend over the padded “T” bar. Use the GAP-FLEX® for 6 minutes per treatment.
After each treatment, flex and extend your knee several times, and stand and walk around for about 2 minutes.
Then place your leg in the GAP-FLEX® Extender for 10 minutes. You’ll receive the maximum benefits from GAP-FLEX® if you follow these guidelines up to 6 times each day, removing layers of foam as you gain increased flexibility.
If you experience any significant pain or increased numbness in the knee, calf or foot, stop the treatment until you speak to your doctor or physical therapist.
your GAP-FLEX® system includes:
- 1 GAP-FLEX® device with FOUR Flex-layers
- 1 GAP-FLEX® Extender
- 1 Timer
- 1 Therapy journal and pen
- Instructions for use.
The GAP-FLEX® System is a comfortable and convenient therapy to improve recovery from total knee replacement.
- Easy to use
- Short 6 minute sessions, up to 6 times a day
- Easy to transport the device
- Lifetime benefits – you can keep your GAP-FLEX® and use it anytime you feel you might need it
recovery from such an extensive surgery. After 21 days of
in-home physical therapy, two hours per day, my flexion
was 84 degrees. With the GAP-FLEX® unit, 8 treatments,
6 minutes each, my flexion increased 42 degrees [126
degrees total].” – Male age 76
two months without the device. The pain and stiffness is
probably only a third of what I had to deal with on the first
go round.” – Female age 72