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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
TKA duration: It varies on the deformity, the instruments used, and the experience of the surgeon. Average range of 40-60 minutes. ...Read more
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
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
Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from having your knee scoped vs total knee replacement?
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
TKA: Usually 6-12 weeks, then a home exercise program to maintain motion & strength. ...Read more
How long after a cortisone shot (which made my knee a lot worse) can I have 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
I had a Total knee replacement 4 wks ago. I'm taking tramadol and oxycodone staggered for the pain. PRN. How long is it OK to take pain medication.?
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
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
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
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
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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