Post-Op Knee Orthosis Application and Use Guidelines
1. Brace can be worn directly on the skin or over a clean, snug-fitting sock or form-fitting clothing. Make sure any clothing is smooth and wrinkle-free.
2. Line up the right and left side of the knee joints with where the knee bends.
3. Initially straps are secured from the back and trimmed. After this initial adjustment, putting it on is easy. Simply hook on the front plastic rigid bar. It rests on padding to protect the skin.
4. The side dials limit how much the knee can move, also known as the range of motion. This setting should be based on the physician’s guidelines. It is important to lock the side dial limits to prevent movement beyond the physician's guidelines. To lock the brace push down red buttons on both the right and left side of the leg. Make sure that both lock buttons are locked at the same degree position.
The brace may be worn directly on the skin or over a sock or form-fitting clothing. Pull any clothing tight so there are minimal wrinkles under the brace. Change socks worn under the brace daily. If you are sweating, change any clothing worn under the brace more often. Moisture can cause skin breakdown, infections, and body odor.
You must check your skin frequently for red or pink marks. If a red or pink mark stays on your skin for longer than 30 minutes after removing the brace, there might be too much pressure and you should contact your orthotist.
Avoid using lotions, creams, and oils on the skin under your brace. These products soften the skin and may lead to blisters or other skin irritations.
If open sores or blisters develop, notify your orthotist as soon as possible.
Cleaning the Brace
Clean the brace as needed with mild soap and warm water, baby wipes, or with rubbing alcohol. Make sure the patient’s body part and the brace is dry before donning the brace.
If concerns arise schedule a follow-up appointment. If at any time, your brace needs repair or just doesn’t seem to be fitting correctly, you can schedule an appointment with the Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Seating department.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team. If you are a Gillette patient with urgent questions or concerns, please contact Telehealth Nursing at 651-229-3890.