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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How long does pain last after total knee replacement?

Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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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. Adam Smith
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Dr. Andre Panagos
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
17 years in practice
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After total knee replacement, how long would i be on pain relievers like oxycodone?

Dr. Andre Panagos
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
17 years in practice
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After total knee replacement, how long would i be on pain relievers like oxycodone?

Difficult to known: Some patients do not need more than a few days of oxycodone after a knee replacement, whereas several often need the medication for several months. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. David Fisher
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
34 years in practice
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How long after total knee replacement before one can swim?

Dr. David Fisher
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
34 years in practice
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How long after total knee replacement before one can swim?

4-6 weeks: I will let patients enter a pool once the knee incision is healed. Walking in water can be helpful. Swimming can be started once the pain allows. This is usually around 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarke Holmes
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
18 years in practice
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How long till my knee feels better after total knee replacement?

Dr. Clarke Holmes
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
18 years in practice
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How long till my knee feels better after total knee replacement?

Varies with patient: Obtaining significant relief after a knee replacement usually occurs between 1 and 3 months after the surgery with full recovery ranging from 6 to 12 months. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Joel McClurg
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How long until my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

Dr. Joel McClurg
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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It depends: Full recovery after knee replacement usually takes more than a year. Most patients reduce their use of pain medicines within two weeks of the replacement, by 6 weeks they are comfortable and usually by 3 months the knee is fading into the background, and life doesn't revolve around the new knee. Everyone is different and this is a general time line. If you are concerned tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. John Dearborn
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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How long would it take before my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

Dr. John Dearborn
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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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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Dr. Frederick Buechel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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How long after getting a total knee replacement will I be fully functional again?

Dr. Frederick Buechel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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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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Dr. Frederick Buechel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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After a total knee replacement, how long before I can ride my harley ?

Dr. Frederick Buechel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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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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Dr. Barry Waldman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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How long till my knee feels better after having total knee replacement surgery?

Dr. Barry Waldman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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How long till my knee feels better after having total knee replacement surgery?

Up to one year: The knee keeps healing after surgery for an extended period of time. Most patients return to normal activity in 6-12 weeks. For the knee to feel completely improved may take up to one year. ...Read more

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Dr. Timothy Trainor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How long after a cortisone shot ( which made my knee a lot worse) can I have total knee replacement?

Dr. Timothy Trainor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Anytime after: You do not have to wait a specified amount of time after a cortisone shot in the knee to then undergo a knee replacement. The replacement can be done at any time. ...Read more

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