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

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Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Months & sore

A well installed total knee will really improve your knee pain once it recovers from the surgery.
The recovery time varies for everyone. Most require 4-6 weeks before they are off walkers or canes. Pain is common for several months improving each week. Narcotics are used by some for a few weeks and a few months for others. Motion is stiff for many months but improves with consistent stretching.

In brief: Months & sore

A well installed total knee will really improve your knee pain once it recovers from the surgery.
The recovery time varies for everyone. Most require 4-6 weeks before they are off walkers or canes. Pain is common for several months improving each week. Narcotics are used by some for a few weeks and a few months for others. Motion is stiff for many months but improves with consistent stretching.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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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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