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What is a pretty good run down on post-op knee replacement?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Early mobilization: Following knee replacement, early mobilization is the key. Patients are now ambulating either the day of surgery or the day after. One can put full weight on the operated knee immediately following surgery and usually require the use of a cane or a walker. Focus on range of motion is also important, followed by quadriceps strengthening program. Most patients walk normally in approx 8 weeks.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Hard work: Usually patients spend 2-3 days in the hospital then transition either home or to a skilled nursing facility. Full recovery can take up to a year, but most of the recovery is complete by 3 months. Most patients can drive by 6 wks and return to work at 2 months. Aggressive rehab and hard work on the part of the patient is essential for a successful result regardless of the surgeon.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are you supposed to do post-op knee replacement?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 28 years experience
TKA: Postop you will be in hospital for a few days, then either go home or to a rehab hospital. Either way you will need several months of pt and home exercises. Pain can be significant at first, but improves steadily over the 1st 3-6 weeks. You will be feeling really good and back to most normal activities by 3 months although full recovery can take 6 months to a year.

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