For the human knee to function normally three conditions need to be fulfilled: it should be pain free, stable and have a full range of motion. Certain diseases, like osteoarthritis can lead to functional disorder in the knee, which is manifested by pain and instability. A knee replacement surgery also known as knee arthroplasty can help to relieve pain, increase stability and range of motion.

In the last decade, there has been a lot of progress in this kind of surgery and patients are recovering faster than ever with this knee surgery. How long does it take to recover from Knee replacement surgery?

What to expect after surgery?

Most people who have knee replacement surgery will experience reduced pain, increase of range of motion and stability.  Overall, the improvements after surgery increase the quality of life as many patients are again able to walk without crutches or walkers.

Immediately after surgery, there will be some general swelling from the surgery and some pain from the actual procedure.  It is important to use your walker or crutches until your physician says you no longer need them.

How long is recovery?

Typically after four to six week you may generally resume normal day to day activities including walking, driving and doing some light chores around the house.  Full recovery time will be dependent on your individual case and if you consistently follow your physical therapy plan.

Will I need physical therapy after the surgery?

Physical therapy is almost always recommended for knee replacement surgery patients. Physical therapy will typically help you have a fuller and faster recovery. The exercises will help strengthen your knee as well as other muscles in your leg required to gain full range of motion and maintain stability. Unfortunately, many patients will stop physical therapy being able to conduct normal day to day activities, but it’s important you see your plan all the way through for best recovery results.

As soon as you start feeling pain, it is necessary to start with analgesia – same goes for application of pain medication that you normally use.

The risks of arthroscopic knee surgery today are minimal. Most patients enjoy increased quality of life, due to decrease in pain and increase in overall mobility.  Typically after 4 to 6 weeks you should be able to walk with assistance from crutches or a walker, but it’s important that you continue to with your physical therapy until your plan is complete.

If your doctor has recommended knee replacement surgery or you think a knee surgery would help you. Make an appointment with one of our orthopedic knee specialists at IBJI to discuss the best options and treatment for you.

This information is not intended to provide advise or treatment for a specific situation. Consult your physician and medical team for information and treatment plans on your specific condition(s).