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Recovery after Knee Replacement


After having a knee replacement, your lifestyle will be a lot like it was before surgery— but without the pain. However, returning to your everyday activities takes time. Even though you will be able to resume most activities, you may have to avoid doing things that place excessive stress on your "new" knee, such as participating in high-impact sports like jogging.

A recovery and rehabilitation plan can help the patient:

  • Leave the hospital sooner
  • Regain knee strength and range of motion more quickly
  • Resume independent living sooner
  • Avoid potential complications

Hospital Discharge

Your hospital stay will typically last from 3 to 5 days, depending on the speed of your recovery.

Possible Surgical Complications

The rate of medical complications following knee replacement surgery is extremely low. Serious infections, such as a knee joint infection, occur in less than 2 percent of patients. 

Recovery at Home

  • Physical Activity: Being physically active is an essential part of recovery. Usually the first day after surgery, you'll begin to work with a physical therapist who will teach you exercises to regain full leg and knee movement. Within three to six weeks, you should be able to resume most normal physical activities. 
  • Exercises: In general, lower impact fitness activities such as golfing, bicycling, and light tennis will help increase the longevity of your knee and are preferable over high-impact activities such as jogging, racquetball and skiing.

Don't push yourself. Avoid falling, which can damage your knee and require further surgery. Use assisting devices, such as a cane, crutches, walker, and handrails, or the help of caregiver until your knee is strong and mobile.

Follow-Up: 

During the first year after surgery, routine follow-up visits are scheduled with your orthopedic surgeon. 

Dr. Biren Nadkarni, best knee replacement surgeon India provides treatments for all bone and joint disorders, and is an expert knee replacement surgeon in India. He performs all types of knee surgeries such as Partial Knee Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Revision Knee Replacement, Joint Preservation and PRP therapy.

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