How Long Does the Knee Replacement Recover?

Q:
How long does the knee replacement recover?

A:
Knee replacement surgery can help relieve pain and restore ftotal knee replacementunction in severely diseased knee joints. Many factors can contribute to recovery time. Typically patients can return to normal life activities within 1 to 6 months. Specifically, we can divide it into “short-term recovery” and “long-term recovery”.

Short-term recovery involves the early stages of recovery, such as the ability to get out of the hospital bed. Most patients can go home by the third day after the surgery. Short-term recovery also indicates getting off major pain killers and walking around the house without pain and walking aids. The average short-term recovery time for a total knee replacement is 6 to 12 weeks.

Long-term recovery involves the complete healing of surgical wounds and internal soft tissues. If patients can return to work and daily activities, they are about to recover. The average long-term recovery for total knee replacement patients is between 3 and 6 months.

Factors that contribute to the recovery time include:

  • a positive attitude
  • physical therapy within the first six weeks
  • having access to information about knee replacement surgery
  • a strong support network
  • a pain management
  • range of motion (focusing on flexion and the extension of the joint)
  • elevation exercises and regular icing

 

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