Your knees have an important function in offering you the flexibility to bend, pivot and move your legs and also the stability to stand upright. They also act as shock absorbers and provide support for your entire body. Running, swimming, getting out of a car, or walking up stairs all depend on the knee functioning properly.

As the largest and most complicated joint in the human body, your knee is made up of a multitude of parts, such as menisci, cartilage, ligaments and the knee cap, making it susceptible to injury and arthritis resulting in chronic pain. Most knee pain results from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis.

Surgery is required when other forms of treatment – such as anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections or physical therapy – have not fixed problems or reduced pain or stiffness. While recovery after surgery can be long, painful and have complications, it doesn’t have to be. Lytle’s recovery equipment will help you return to normal functioning as soon as possible and with less pain.

Listed below are common knee procedures where Lytle Recover Now will allow you to shorten your recovery by preventing post-op blood clots, reducing pain and swelling, and providing safe motion.


  • ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Repair: Repairs the ligament that connects the femur (thigh) to the tibia (shin). When it’s torn or damaged, you might feel like your knee buckles. Common causes of ACL problems are injuries from a quick stop or a pivot with a planted foot.

  • Arthroscopy (scope): Allows the surgeon to obtain a visual by inserting a small camera into your knee area. Arthroscopy helps surgeons to diagnose your knee problem and they may be able to correct any deformities or structural issues they encounter.

  • Meniscectomy (scope to remove torn cartilage): Trims the torn meniscus that is getting in the way of your joint moving. Common causes of tears are falls or just daily wear-and-tear, which result in your knee clicking or locking. The scope allows the surgeon to correct the problem.

  • Total Knee Replacement (TKR): Removes portions of the femur and tibia where your cartilage is worn out and replaces them with plastic and metal implants to create a new joint. Knee replacements are needed when you have osteoarthritis causing painful bone-on-bone contact.

  • Lateral Release: Releases or cuts the ligaments to allow your patella (knee cap) to move in its proper path. When your patella is not tracking properly, it can put too much pressure on one side, leading to pain and osteoarthritis.

  • Cartilage Defects Repair – Microfracture or OATs: Drills small holes in the damaged area to promote cartilage growth (microfracture) or removes cartilage plugs from a non-essential portion of the knee and places them in the damaged area (OATs). Typical candidates for this procedure are young patients.

  • Manipulation to Regain Full Motion: Breaks up scar tissue in your knee joint after surgery by moving the joint through its normal range of motion. Scar tissue formation can typically be prevented through physical therapy, but in some cases it needs to be manually broken up in surgery.

  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) repair: Repairs the torn Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) to restore stability to your knee. The PCL prevents movement of the tibia (shin) to the rear. Common causes are injuries through a blow to the front of the knee with the foot planted or falling onto a bent knee.

Whatever procedure you’re undergoing, you are at risk of developing a blood clot, experiencing significant pain and swelling, or having scar tissue form around the knee that limits your range of motion.

To prevent these types of recovery complications and delays, Lytle Medical, in concert with your surgeon, provides you with a number of Rapid Recovery Services. These include a compression therapy device that prevents blood clotting that is common after surgery; a cold therapy device that minimizes the number of narcotic pain pills needed after surgery while simultaneously reducing swelling; and a motion therapy device that improves your range of motion.


Preventing Blood Clots After Knee Surgery

Why would a blood clot form in my leg after knee surgery?

As you rest following surgery, the blood returns to your heart slower than usual and may form a clot. While everyone is vulnerable to blood clotting during post-surgical activity, your risk is increased with obesity, smoking, hormone replacement therapy, birth control medication, cancer, immobility, or a personal or family history of blood clotting – also called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Why be concerned?

Developing a blood clot will significantly delay your recovery and is potentially life threatening. If the clot breaks free and travels to your lungs, it can restrict blood flow and the ability of the lungs to transfer oxygen to the blood. If you must to be treated for a blood clot while recovering from surgery, regaining your strength and function are put on hold while dealing with the more immediate crisis.

How to address it?

Blood clot prevention usually involves either a mechanical device that uses intermittent pneumatic compression to squeeze the calves to keep blood moving, or a pharmaceutical blood thinner that limits the blood’s ability to clot. These drugs are administered either orally or through self-injection and carry significant risks associated with stomach ulcers and uncontrolled
internal bleeding.

Recover Now with the Rapid Recovery Preventer

Lytle equipment, Preventer. For all orthopedic procedures. Prevents blood clots.
Lytle’s Rapid Recovery Preventer is a mechanical solution to blood clot prevention. The Preventer intermittently squeezes your calves to force blood to flow using a wrap placed around the lower leg that supplies a gentle and intermittent compression of the calf muscle. The Preventer pushes blood up and out of your leg every 45 seconds or so even when you’re sitting or sleeping. Between compressions, the Preventer partially deflates to allow fresh blood to take the place of the pooled/stagnant blood.

  • Reduces swelling and edema
  • Allows for a portable safe and convenient recovery
  • Improves lymphatic drainage
  • Improves soft tissue healing
  • Provides consistent therapy
  • Provides the optimal dosage of therapy – correct hours/repetitions per day

How to get the Rapid Recovery Preventer

To prevent a catastrophic delay in your recovery or serious complications from a blood clot,
make sure you use the Preventer. Follow these easy steps now:

  • 1

    Download and print the
    DVT Preventer order form,
    then take the risk assessment quiz.

  • 2

    Review the sections on Reducing Pain
    and Swelling and Providing Safe Motion
    to see if these Rapid Recovery services
    also should be included with your order.

  • 3

    Have your surgeon or primary care physician
    sign the order form and return it to our
    company via email at
    or fax it to 248-626-3113.

  • 4

    Answer a call from our Rapid Recovery specialist
    who will initiate your Rapid Recovery Services.

Reducing Pain and Swelling After Knee Surgery

Why does surgical trauma cause pain and swelling?

All orthopedic surgeries of the knee involve at least one invasive action that results in pain and swelling. It’s a result of an overabundance of restorative fluid accumulating in the joint that your body then needs to remove. The excess fluid causes you increased pain and swells the knee area making it difficult to move.

Why be concerned?

Normally the pain and swelling caused by your body’s response to an invasive event is a good thing. It discourages you from bearing weight or bending your knee. However, in the case of surgical recovery, the swelling and pain associated with a traumatic event will delay recovery.

How to address it?

Cryotherapy and compression therapy are two common ways to reduce the pain and swelling after surgery. Cryo and compression help avoid any delay or detriment to your knee healing. Applying intermittent cryotherapy to the repaired knee lowers pain levels and constricts blood vessels that temporarily reduce blood flow to the area allowing the blood to remove injured cells and return oxygenated and replenished blood with healing nutrients. Compression also reduces swelling by slowly squeezing the fluid out of the area. The dynamic and sequential compression found in the Reliever helps gently massage the swelling out of the area.

Recover Now with Lytle’s Rapid Recovery Reliever

Lytle equipment for the knee, Reliever. Reduces pain and swelling.
The best combination for accelerating your post-surgical recovery is to combine cryotherapy and compression therapy to reduce pain by deadening the nerve endings, limiting swelling and allowing for earlier motion. Lytle’s Rapid Recovery Cold Compression Reliever does both. The Reliever turns the cryotherapy cycles on and off while compression stays dynamic, a design that makes it an extremely safe device as there is little risk of tissue damage due to too tight compression.

  • Lowers narcotic use
  • Improves soft tissue healing
  • Improves fluid and lymphedema drainage
  • Increases blood flow
  • Operates easily
  • Reduces stress on the repair and knee joint
  • Allows for safe, convenient recovery
  • Provides the optimal dosage of therapy – correct hours per day
  • Reduces your out-of-pocket cost

How to get the Rapid Recovery Reliever

To reduce pain a speed up the recovery process, make sure you use the Reliever. Follow these easy steps now:

Regaining Complete Motion After Knee Surgery

Why does scar tissue form after shoulder surgery?

After surgery, your repair tissue can transform into multiple types of cells and then into multiple types of tissue and, most importantly, connective tissue. Which tissue type is formed depends on the instructions received by the cells as they proliferate. If the cells are not affected by movement, they form in a random pattern in multiple directions. Sometimes this random formation leads to scar tissue.

Why be concerned?

Scar tissue can cause significant delays in healing and in some instances require a second surgery to regain the motion in your knee. Scar tissue can cause pain, stiffness and trouble moving your knee and leg.

How to address it?

Moving your knee after surgery is critical to a healthy recovery because the movement helps you form strong tissue – not scar tissue. The way to properly move your knee or is by a therapy called passive motion. A physical therapist (PT) can provide this motion at his/her office, or a Continuous Passive Motion device can be used at home to slowly move your knee in a safe, controlled manner. A continuous passive motion (CPM) device is a great way to provide the movement needed for a successful recovery.

Recover Now with the Rapid Recovery Mover

Lytle equipment for the knee, Mover. Increases your range of motion.
Lytle’s Rapid Recovery Mover is a safe and convenient way to provide passive motion therapy to maximize the formation of strong tissue and accelerate the speed of your recovery. The microprocessor-controlled device automatically sets the speed and the range at which your knee is moved according to what your surgeon has prescribed. This safe and controlled motion does not over stress the repaired tissues and provides PT-quality therapy in your own home.

  • Allows for safe increases in motion as you heal
  • Improves soft tissue healing
  • Reduces swelling and edema
  • Helps muscle stay passive (not fire while fighting the urge to contract and guard the joint)
  • Provides consistent therapy – not dependent on availability of physical therapist
  • Allows for safe, convenient recovery – less driving to/from physical therapy
  • Provides the optimal dosage of therapy – correct number of hours and repetitions per day
  • Reduces your out-of-pocket cost

How to get the Rapid Recovery Mover

To get your range of motion back after surgery, make sure you use the Mover. Follow these easy steps now:


Whether you are considering surgery to repair an orthopedic issue, or are already scheduled for surgery, contact us about Lytle Medical’s safe, research based, at home therapy. Call, chat or message us for more information.

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