How Long to Recover From Total Knee Replacement
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In reality, the rate of recovery will be different for each individual and will depend on a number of factors.
Type of Surgery
Individuals with partial knee replacements or who have minimally invasive surgery will, in most instances, have a much quicker recovery. If you have a double knee replacement or additional surgeries, your recovery will likely be slower.
or personal factors may delay recovery, such as being overweight, cardiovascular impairments, osteoporosis, or fractures.
Unfortunately, sometimes complications do occur such as deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) or nerve damage.
Physical ability prior to surgery
Individuals with greater range of motion and strength prior to surgery usually experience a faster recovery after surgery.
Each person will experience different levels of pain after surgery. A multi-modal approach to pain management is used to limit the negative impacts of pain on your recovery and healing.
Discharge from Hospital: Day 3. Most individuals will be discharged from the hospital to either home or an inpatient rehab facility within 3 days after surgery.
Begin outpatient physical therapy: Within 1-2 weeks post-surgery. You may receive home health physical therapy for a brief time, but as soon as you are able to, you will begin outpatient physical therapy.
Incision removal: Your staples or stitches are removed at about 2 weeks post-op.
Walking without an assistive device: usually within a few weeks, if not sooner
Driving: May take as little as 4 weeks, but usually your MD will clear you for driving at 6-8 weeks.
Return to Work: 4-6 weeks for a desk job and approximately 4-12 weeks for more physically demanding jobs
Return to normal daily activities: approximately 12 weeks. If you participate in more dynamic recreational activities such as golf, tennis, or jogging, this may take a little longer to return to (12-16 weeks).
Full Recovery: This may be referred to as achieving a status that is better than your status pre-surgery. This may take up to 6 months for a full recovery.
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