How long does it take to recover from knee replacement surgery?
Knee replacement surgery is a common procedure that many people undergo every year. However, it is still major surgery with some risks involved. Most people are eager to know how long it will take them to recover from knee replacement surgery and get back to their normal routine. Read on to discover the typical recovery time for knee replacement surgery and what you can expect in terms of your rehabilitation process.
What to expect when undergoing knee replacement surgery
The first thing to keep in mind is that every patient is different and will therefore recover at a different pace. Some people may feel ready to return to their normal activities within six weeks, while others may take several months following knee replacement surgery. It is important to listen to your body and not try to push yourself too hard during the recovery process.
In general, the first few days after knee replacement surgery are spent in the hospital. During this time, you will be monitored closely by the medical staff and will likely be on pain medication. Your knee surgeon will also advise you to start physical therapy during this time to begin the process of regaining mobility in your new joint.
Once you are discharged from the hospital, you will usually be able to go home and continue your recovery. Most people will need to use a walker or cane for the first few weeks and will need to take it easy on their new joint. Physical therapy will continue during this time, and you will likely have several follow-up appointments with your knee surgeon.
When you can expect to resume normal activities
Usually the same day you can start putting weight on their new joint and slowly resume normal activities. However, as your knee surgeon will tell you, it may be several months before you are back to your pre-surgery level of activity. It is important to be patient during the recovery process and not try to do too much too soon.
If you have any questions about your recovery from knee replacement surgery, be sure to talk to your knee surgeon. They will be able to give you more specific information based on your individual case. In the meantime, focus on taking things one day at a time and following your physical therapy exercises as prescribed. Before you know it, you’ll be back to your old self in no time!
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