What to expect with a knee replacement


What you can expect

  • Before the procedure. Knee replacement surgery requires anesthesia.
  • During the procedure. Your knee will be in a bent position to expose all surfaces of the joint.
  • After the procedure. You’ll be taken to a recovery room for one to two hours.

What is the recovery time for a knee replacement?

Once a patient no longer needs walking aids and can walk around the house without pain–in addition to being able to walk two blocks around the house without pain or resting–all of these are considered signs of short-term recovery. The average short-term recovery time for a total knee replacement is 6 to 12 weeks.

What are the best alternatives to knee replacement?

5 Alternatives to Total Knee Replacement Surgery

  • Knee viscosupplementation.
  • Radiofrequency ablation.
  • Amniotic allograft injection.
  • Bone marrow aspirate concentrate.
  • Partial robotic knee replacement surgery/MAKOplasty.
  • Should I have a total knee replacement?

    A total knee replacement may be necessary when the pain and function of your knee is not allowing you to have a great quality of life and non-surgical treatments are no longer helping you.

    How much does it cost to have a knee replacement?

    Without insurance, the cost of a knee replacement will range from $20,000 to $50,000. This cost depends on the cost of living in your area, the doctor you choose, the hospital you choose, the extent of the injury, and the need for physical therapy.

    How long is rehab after knee replacement?

    Padgett said that standard recovery time for knee replacement surgery can run anywhere from two to four months. Typically, patients assigned for in-patient rehab care stay about two weeks, receiving physical therapy roughly six days per week, sometimes followed by in-home or outpatient care after they return home.

    What is the average healing time for a total knee replacement?

    Another indicator is when the patient finally feels normal again. The average long-term recovery for total knee replacement patients is between 3 and 6 months. There are a number of contributing factors that influence recovery time.

    How long does pain last after a total knee replacement?

    Unfortunately, most patients experience severe pain after total knee replacement surgery. The pain could last anywhere between 48 and 72 hours. Your doctor can give you medication to minimize it. If there is considerable progress in around three to four days, you may be allowed to go home.

    How soon can you Drive after total knee replacement?

    Within six weeks after a total knee replacement, most patients are able to walk without a cane or a walker. You will probably feel well enough to drive a car within seven to eight weeks after surgery.