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How long does it take a total knee replacement to heal?

How long does it take a total knee replacement to heal?

TKA healing: You can typically put full weght on it immediately postop. The rehab however continues for several months, and continuing with home exercise program to re-train the sort tissues and muscles. Tisuue is made of collagen which takes 6 weeks to heal, then 6 weeks or so to recalibrate to the realignment. ...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 does a total knee replacement surgery take?

How long does a total knee replacement surgery take?

TKA duration: It varies on the deformity, the instruments used, and the experience of the surgeon. Average range of 40-60 minutes. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a total knee replacement?

How long does it take to recover from a total knee replacement?

6 months: The most rapid phase of recovery is in the 1st 6 weeks, but full recovery from tka can take 6 months or more. The bone and soft tissue healing take time, as does regaining strength. ...Read more

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How long does it take before a total knee replacement feels normal again?

Varies by patient : Everybody recovers differently after a total knee replacement. The definition of "normal" will also vary patient to patient. The more dedicated the patient is to his/her recovery, however, the quicker they will recover and the more successful the surgery will be. Count on at least 3 months for full recovery. ...Read more

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How long does total knee replacement take in operating room?

Tka time: It ranges from 35mins to about 2 hours. This varies based on the patient size, extent of disease, and the surgeon. ...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 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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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from having your knee scoped vs total knee replacement?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from having your knee scoped vs total knee replacement?

Weeks vs. months: An arthroscopy for a simple meniscal tear requires just a few weeks to recover. A knee replacement requires 3 months. A more complex arthroscopy, such as a debridement for arthritis, takes much longer an is probably not worth doing. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recovery from having scar tissue removed after having total knee replacement?

How long does it take to recovery from having scar tissue removed after having total knee replacement?

Varies with healing: Most surgeons prefer to allow the surgical scars to mature for several months to identify areas of problem scars versus those that mature and become less apparent. Soft tissue wound healing is generally completed in 9-12 months, permiting revisions. As the knee is a mobile joint, it will take a bit longer for scarring to settle down and determine the areas of need and options. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long to recover from a total knee replacement?

Can you tell me how long to recover from a total knee replacement?

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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After a total knee replacement, how long before I can ride my harley ?

After a total knee replacement, how long before I can ride my harley ?

Ride when healed: First you need to be off narcotics. Second you should wait til your swelling is down to almost normal. Third, your wound needs to be healed. If you lean on your leg too soon with the weight of your harley, the tissue many still be held together by the internal stitches and you may split open your wound. 6-8 weeks is probably getting close to being safe on the wound strength issue. I ride myself. ...Read more

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How long after getting a total knee replacement will I be fully functional again?

Full function varies: Most people require a minimum of 6-12 weeks to regain their preop motion back. Most people are able to return to work at a light to medium duty at 6-12 weeks. Most people can play golf at 6-12 weeks. Tennis usually 12 weeks or so. Swimming once the wound is healed and sealed. Most people still feel stiff for 6-12+ months. This gives you good general idea of what to expect. Individuals vary. ...Read more

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Is it alright to take zithromax 5 days before general anesthetic for a total knee replacement?

Is it alright to take zithromax 5 days before general anesthetic for a total knee replacement?

Ask your surgeon: While there shouldn't be any contraindications to taking zithromax prior to surgery, it is always best to ask your surgeon and/or anesthesiologist to see if they have any concerns. ...Read more

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What to do if I have damage in m bone,neck injury,and have had a total knee replacement.i take percset10,will pain c?

What to do if I have damage in m bone,neck injury,and have had a total knee replacement.i take percset10,will pain c?

Comprehensiveness: Employing a multi-modal approach, most fellowship trained pain specialists offer the most effective management of painful conditions. To accurately diagnose and treat patients, we will utilize imaging studies, electro-diagnostic evaluations, history ; physical examinations, targeted physical therapy, appropriate and responsible medication management and cutting-edge interventional procedures. ...Read more

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I HAVE HAD A TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT. I WAS PRECRIBE ATIVAN (lorazepam) 2X DAY AND 2 PERCOCET 10/325 6X PER DAY. WHAT ARE THE DETOX SYMPTOMS WEANING OFF OF ATIVAN (lorazepam) AND PERCOCET 10/325. WITH EACH DOSE I DO NOT TAKE I FEEL SICKER AND SICKER.

I HAVE HAD A TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT. I WAS PRECRIBE ATIVAN (lorazepam) 2X DAY AND 2 PERCOCET 10/325  6X PER DAY. WHAT ARE THE DETOX SYMPTOMS WEANING OFF OF ATIVAN (lorazepam) AND PERCOCET 10/325.  WITH EACH DOSE I DO NOT TAKE I FEEL SICKER AND SICKER.

Withdrawals : Almost flu like symptoms with muscle ache ,nausea with vomiting , sometimes diarrhea. Loss of appetite , feelings of weakness and apathy , sometimes shaking and chills with runny nose. Most of the worst can occur during the first 24-36 hours . Sometimes one can minimize these symptoms by decreasing the pain meds by 10%, per day . This can best be accomplished by increasing the time interval btwn ...Read more

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How long does pain last after total knee replacement?

How long does pain last after total knee replacement?

May not be complete: Some are fortunate to have the surgery and shortly there after once the wounds healed, they have no pain at all. Many will have great improvement of pain, but never completely resolved after the replacement surgery. It is a big surgical procedure with significant risks/benefits, so do your research and discuss with doc thoroughly. Good luck to you. ...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