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Table 1 Patient concerns within six weeks following TKAa (n = 30).

From: A cross-sectional look at patient concerns in the first six weeks following primary total knee arthroplasty

  Post-operative week
Concern 1 2 3 4 5 6
Receiving competent care from health care workers in a timely manner x      
Avoiding infection in your surgical knee x      
Getting out of bed on your own x      
Doing your exercises as prescribed by your physiotherapist x x x x   
Walking on flat surface x x x x x  
Increasing the bend in your surgical knee x x x x x x
Decreasing pain in your surgical knee x x x x x x
Comfortably sit in car   x x    
Getting in/out of bath   x   x   
Doing your own housework   x x x x  
Walking on uneven ground   x x x x  
Descending stairs   x x x x x
Cooking your own meals   x x x   x
Ascending stairs   x x   x x
Sleeping better at night   x   x x x
Light domestic duties   x   x x  
Being independent   x     x
Getting in/out of car   x     x
Putting on your own shoes or socks    x    
Having the support of your family members    x    
Having the support of your neighbours    x    
Dressing yourself    x x   
Being less of a burden on spouse or caregiver    x   x  
Receiving appropriate explanation regarding what to expect with rehabilitation following your surgery    x x   x
Increasing the strength in your legs    x   x x
Increasing the straightening in your surgical knee    x x x x
Returning to your hobbies    x x x x
Reducing swelling in your surgical leg     x   
Heavy domestic duties     x   
Going shopping     x x x
Driving a vehicle     x x x
Going back to regular exercise class/sport      x x
  1. a TKA = primary Total Knee Arthroplasty
  2. Note: the above concerns were ordered to illustrate the point in time when the concern was identified and x = at least 1 patient reported the concern