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What to expect after a knee replacement


A knee replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces the damaged and worn-out surfaces of the knee joint with artificial parts. The goal of this surgical procedure is to relieve pain and restore function by improving motion, strength, stability and alignment of the knee.

You can expect to go home within 24 hours after surgery

You can expect to go home within 24 hours after surgery. Your doctor will let you know when it's safe for you to leave the hospital, but this is usually within 24 hours of your operation.

You'll need help at home for at least a few days after your operation, so make sure someone will be there with you during this time period. Your caregiver may need to do things like help with dressing changes and walking exercises (if necessary).

Your physical therapist will likely visit you at home to check on your progress

  • Your physical therapist will likely visit you at home to check on your progress.

  • The physical therapist will check your range of motion and strength, as well as help you with exercises to improve your mobility.

  • The physical therapist may also help with pain management techniques, such as ice packs.

  • Your physical therapist can also help create a home exercise program that is tailored specifically for you

It's normal to feel pain during the first few months of recovery

Pain is a normal part of recovery and should be expected. Pain can be managed with medication and physical therapy, but it's also important to know what causes pain during the first few months after knee replacement surgery.

Pain can be caused by swelling and inflammation, which can occur in any part of your body that has been operated on or injured. Swelling occurs when fluid collects around injured tissues and organs; inflammation occurs when cells in the body release chemicals that cause pain, redness, heat (swelling), warmth (redness) and increased blood flow (warmth). Inflammation tends to subside over time as healing progresses; however, some degree of residual soreness may persist even months after surgery depending upon how active you remain during recovery.

You'll probably have a caregiver who helps you with activities around the house, such as cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping

After surgery, you may need help with activities of daily living. This can include cleaning your house, cooking meals and grocery shopping. You may want to hire a caregiver who lives in your home or move in with someone else temporarily.

It will take time before you regain full mobility after knee surgery

After surgery, you will have to be patient with your recovery. It will take time before you regain full mobility and can return to your normal activities. You may also need time off work depending on the type of job that you do and how quickly you heal.


If you're planning on having knee replacement surgery, it's important to be prepared for what comes next. You can expect a lot of pain and discomfort in the first few weeks following your procedure, but with the right support system in place (including family members and caregivers) you'll be able to get through this challenging period quickly!


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