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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

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 after total knee replacement before one can swim?

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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How long till my knee feels better after total knee replacement?

How long till my knee feels better after total knee replacement?

How long: Usually start feeling better by 4weeks, will take longer if more significant arthritis and deformity. ...Read more

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How long until my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

How long until my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

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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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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After total knee replacement, how long would I be on pain relievers like oxycodone?

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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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I am having a tkr (total knee replacement), how long before I can ride my horse?

6-10 weeks: I restrict patients from horseback riding for 6-10 weeks, until they have regained motion and strength in the knee to adequately protect themselves. ...Read more

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Total knee replacement surgery question? How long from surgery to finishing rehab?

TKA: Usually 6-12 weeks, then a home exercise program to maintain motion & strength. ...Read more

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How long after a cortisone shot (which made my knee a lot worse) can I have total knee replacement?

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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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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Use Advil (ibuprofen) for relief. How long is typical time table for pain/recovery of total knee replacement of both knees?

Use Advil (ibuprofen) for relief. How long is typical time table for pain/recovery of total knee replacement of both knees?

3 months: The recovery time for bilateral replacement is the same as for a single knee. 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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What to expect after total knee replacement?

What to expect after total knee replacement?

Post TKA: Surgical pain. Lots of physical therapy. Improved alignment. Use of motion machine. Start with walker and progress to cane and stairs. Lessening of pain. ...Read more

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Can knees lock up after total knee replacement?

Yes, but not often: Knee replacements can feel like "seizing" or "locking up" on rare occasions and they are usually not due to the device. The most likely phenomena you are experiencing is either "crepitus" or "clunk" which is when scar tissue surrounding the front of the knee gets trapped within the device creating a sensation of locking up. When severe enough, it can be alleviated by removing that scar tissue. ...Read more

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What makes the knee so stiff after total knee replacement?

What makes the knee so stiff after total knee replacement?

Scar tissue: After a knee replacement, achieving maximum knee motion is often a race against your bodies natural healing process. Though your pre-operative range of motion can ofter predict your maximum expected post-op range of motion, aggressive physical therapy is crucial to achieve the best result. ...Read more

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How much time on two crutches after total knee replacement?

How much time on two crutches after total knee replacement?

Recovery: Typically is about 2-3 months. It is an inpatient surgery you are in the hospital 2-3 days and then either go home with PT or to Rehab. You are up walking either the day of or after surgery. Stitches out at two weeks. Typically off crutches in 3 weeks once you can stand walk with good quad strength. ...Read more

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What can we expect as far as recovery after total knee replacement?

What can we expect as far as recovery after total knee replacement?

Research: The orthopaedic community continues to improve outcomes through a variety of avenues. It is necessary to speak to your surgeon directly. After surgery, most people spend 3-4 days in the hospital, and then go home or to an extended rehab stay. Therapy is typically 8-12 weeks. Weight bearing is started immediately, with a rapid transition from a walker to a cane to independant activity. ...Read more

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Still having pain after total knee replacement 6 months ago, please help?

Still having pain after total knee replacement 6 months ago, please help?

Pain after TKR: There can be multiple reasons for persistent pain after tkr, scar tissue contracture or impingement, infection, malalignment, instability, loosening, infection, etc. You need to consult with your surgeon for evaluation of this problem. ...Read more

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 of ...Read more