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Doctor insights on: Total Knee Replacement Recovery

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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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What is the recovery typically like from a total knee replacement?

What is the recovery typically like from a total knee replacement?

Takes effort: Most patients are hospitalized for 2-3 days for pain medication, antibiotics and physical therapy. Most patients then participate in outpatient physical therapy for 3-6 weeks. Patients will usually continue exercises after that for a few months. ...Read more

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What are signs of a healthy recovery for a total knee replacement?

What are signs of a healthy recovery for a total knee replacement?

Gradual improvement: Every patient will recover at their own pace following a knee replacement. Healthy signs include gradual reduction in pain and swelling around the knee; gradual improvement in the range of motion or flexibility of the new joint; and gradual resumption of day=to=day activities. Work in partnership with your orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist to gauge your progress. ...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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What's normal recovery like for total knee replacement and what's not normal and should be reported?

What's normal recovery like for total knee replacement and what's not normal and should be reported?

Varies: There is variation in recovery from a knee reacemrbt based upon the person and surgical technique as well. In general, most patients doing well between 4-12 weeks after surgery. Increased swelling in leg, redness or discharge from incision, or pain that is worsening are among the things that should alert a patient to a potential complication. ...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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How useful is a total knee replacement?

How useful is a total knee replacement?

VERY, if indicated: Total knee replacement (tkr) is a real success stories of modern medicine. When indicated, a tkr can be a overall health game changer. Tkr recipients usually regain levels of activity that became otherwise impossible or intolerable (walking, biking, stair climbing). Aerobic exercise in turn provides excellent support for overall cardiopulmonary health. Discuss tkr with your orthpaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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When is a total knee replacement needed?

When is a total knee replacement needed?

Total knee needed: The most concise answer is when arthritic knee pain is not relieved any longer by nsaids, therapy, cortisone injections, hylauronic acid injections, knee braces, ice, nutritional supplements or arthroscopy and x-rays show advanced arthritis and cartilage loss or spurs. When function is impaired and activity declines from pain. Or, when start subtracting things you enjoy from your life due to pain. ...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