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How can you sleep on side after total knee replacement surgery?

How can you sleep on side after total knee replacement surgery?

Pillow: There is no physical reason preventing you from sleeping on your side. You might try a pillow between your legs if you find it uncomfortable while your knee recovers. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Total Knee Replacement (Definition)

Total knee replacement: a surgical procedure in which damaged parts of the knee joint are replaced with artificial parts. They cap the end of the thigh bone , under surface of the knee cap and the top surface ...Read more


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How long would she be on the mobilizer after knee replacement surgery?

How long would she be on the mobilizer after knee replacement surgery?

Knee immobilizer: Depends on the surgeon. But most surgeons do not use the knee immobilizer after surgery. ...Read more

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After a total knee replacement on one knee will there be a weight restiction on how much you can lift?

After a total knee replacement on one knee will there be a weight restiction on how much you can lift?

Lift Restrictions: Hello. How old is your TKA (total knee arthroplasty)? If it is "not too fresh",(less than a year) then your TKA should be pretty solid and stable for lifting. Are you concerned about squats, dead lifts, etc. affecting your TKA? ...Read more

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How can I control pain after total hip replacement surgery?

How can I control pain after total hip replacement surgery?

Medication: Pain after total hip replacement is expected and will be most severe the first day or two after surgery. It can be easily managed with perioperative narcotic pain medicines. After discharge from the hospital, most patients will take pain medication for 2-4 weeks and then not require more than a tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil occasionally. The pain after tha should be resolved with in 6 weeks in most patients. ...Read more

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I'm having microfracture knee surgery on my right leg done. How long till you can typically drive?

I'm having microfracture knee surgery on my right leg done. How long till you can typically drive?

Knee surgery: Obviously it is important to use your right leg to drive. If the surgery was on your left probably would be able to drive immediately. Good idea to have a temporary handicap hanger from doc. Usually weight bearing after micro fracture is restricted for 6-12 weeks depending on location and extent. Driving will have similar restrictions. Discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How much weight can you put on a leg after major knee surgery?

How much weight can you put on a leg after major knee surgery?

It depends.: This depends how long after the surgery this is being done, and how well you've healed. Usually after knee surgery the knee is flexed and extended to get back range of motion. Then if ambulation is attempted, it is first done with crutches, so weight is gradually introduced. So it would be best to put little weight on it to start, then more until no crutches are needed, then try slowly to walk. ...Read more

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How long can you have swelling and/or water on the knee after surgery?

How long can you have swelling and/or water on the knee after surgery?

Varies: Most surgery swelling resolves by 6 weeks. But if you have arthritis, you can swell off and on forever. Your knee is lubricating itself more from increased friction. ...Read more

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How long would it take before my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

How long would it take before my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

3 months: It takes about 6 weeks to feel better than you did before surgery when walking and 3 months to return to all normal activities. I tell patients that it will be a year before you reach maximal improvement. ...Read more

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How long after a partial knee replacement can you walk without much pain and swelling?

How long after a partial knee replacement can you walk without much pain and swelling?

Within weeks: Most of my 500+ patients after their partial knee replacements have about 3-4 days of mild to moderate pain and swelling. They are instructed to walk around the house every hour that first week since they go home the same day. They use a walker or cane or crutches the first few days. Ice machines with knee wraps and stocking reduce the swelling and pain significantly. 2-3 weeks & 80-90% better. ...Read more

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Is knee replacement permanent? Will my implant last the rest of my life, or does knee replacement sometimes need to be repeated? . .

Is knee replacement permanent? Will my implant last the rest of my life, or does knee replacement sometimes need to be repeated?  .

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No: Knee replacement is irreversible .The implant life depend upon many circustances, usually between 10 to 15 years under optimal conditions after that may need a revision.A revision could be a simple exchange of certain components or the complete redo of the knee. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from having your knee scoped vs total knee replacement tkr?

How long does it take to recover from having your knee scoped vs total knee replacement tkr?

Scope:1-4, tkr-4-16w: And needs to be done by physical therapy experts in this area, either in an inpatient setting (if there are 'co-morbidities'--other significant medical probs defined by insurance company), subacute rehab centers, or intense outpatient therapy. Whichever setting, it should start quickly after surgery, be done 2-3 times a day, and always be under direct or indirect guidance of a rehab department. ...Read more

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How can you rehab after a total hip replacement?

How can you rehab after a total hip replacement?

At home or center: Hip replacement rehabilitation begins in the hospital shortly after hip surgery. Continued rehab may then continue at home with the proper home nursing rehab team or in a rehabilation center. See which your surgeon prefers and your insurance covers. Don't cut corners on this type of procedure only to develop problems years later. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will i be noticeably swollen after a total joint replacement of the tmj's?

Can someone tell me how long will i be noticeably swollen after a total joint replacement of the tmj's?

Long time: 4-6 weeks. BUT, be careful about a TJR in the TMJ. Get SEVERAL OPINIONS before you do it. Big operation with big risks. ...Read more

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Does anyone know, after microfracture surgery on the knee, how long should a person keep weight off of it?

Does anyone know, after microfracture surgery on the knee, how long should a person keep weight off of it?

6 weeks.: The general rule is 6 weeks of non-weight bearing. But check with your surgeon, because weight bearing protocols vary from surgeon to surgeon. ...Read more

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How long will I be noticeably swollen for after a total joint replacement of the tmj's?

How long will I be noticeably swollen for after a total joint replacement of the tmj's?

Everyone is differen: This is a question that really can't be given a clear answer. Everyone heal at there own pace, so it depends on you., and how extensive the joint replacement is. ...Read more

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How much physical therapy is needed after knee replacement? How long should I expect to be in physical therapy after my knee replacement, and how often? .

How much physical therapy is needed after knee replacement? How long should I expect to be in physical therapy after my knee replacement, and how often?

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Depends on progress: Most patients receive physical therapy twice per day while in hospital and then usually 2-3 times per week after discharge from the hospital. Most patients have therapy for approximately 6-8 weeks and the frequency during that time depends on how they are progressing and how devoted they are to home exercise. All patients progress at different rates so some may need a little more or a little less. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone(femur), the upper end of the shin bone(tibia) and the undersurface ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more