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

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joel McClurg
Dr. Joel McClurg
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Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Dearborn
Dr. John Dearborn
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: 6 - 12 weeks

The knee may feel somewhat better by six weeks and much better by twelve weeks.

In brief: 6 - 12 weeks

The knee may feel somewhat better by six weeks and much better by twelve weeks.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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