What is the average recovery and rehabilitation time after a knee replacement?

3 months. Most patients can perform most activities 6 weeks after the surgery and feel almost normal at 3 months after the surgery. Some patients require up to 3 months of therapy, but most are able to transition to a home exercise program six weeks after surgery.
Tka recovery. 4-6 weeks on average to walk without assistive devices. Feeling pretty good by 3months and as good as you will be by 1 year.

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What is the common response to rehabilitation after partial knee replacement?

Motion. The common response is to improve range motion, decrease swelling, and decrease incidence of scar tissue while training as an athlete to become fitter and stronger. We believe that rehabilitation begins before surgery to have the highest tissue quality possible and to be as fit and strong as possible before surgery to have better outcomes after surgery. Read more...
Success. Either total or partial knee arthroplasty will require aggressive pt on the part of the patient to have a successful result. That being said, it is typically easier to recover from a partial knee replacement than from a total knee replacement. You should have reasonably good range of motion with improved pain by 6-12 months after a successful partial knee replacement. Read more...
Quick recovery. Partial knee replacements done well recover much quicker than total knees. I find that my partial knee replacement patients with only 2-3 weeks of gentle home pt after surgery starting post op week 2, do very well within 3-6 weeks. By 6 weeks my patients average about 8º more motion than when they started and this is with very gentle therapy. I find less aggressive therapy better for partials. Read more...

What is the recovery time after a knee replacement?

TKA recovery time. Usually 2 or so days in hospital. 6 weeks to heal. Next 6 weeks to have muscles and tissues to get used to new motion and freedom--collagen needs to form and adjust in relation to the new lines of stress. Read more...
3 to 6 months. Recovery can mean different things. My patients are home in 2 days, up walking right away, working hard on range of motion for 6-12 weeks, and back to work, depending on the job, in 4-12 weeks. Complete, full recovery (i-forgot-i-had-surgery recovery) takes longer - 6 to 12 months ! Read more...
3+ Months. Recovery can take up to 1 year, but most of it is over the first 3 months. Typical time back to work is 2 months. Typical time back to driving is 6 weeks. Age and physical fitness can influence this. Read more...

In terms of recovery time and pain which is better -- a knee reconstruction or a knee replacement?

Reconstruction. As a general, but never 'always' response. See prior answer for details on this. With knee replacement, intense pain may resolve in few days, full pain weeks-months; full recovery time generally 1-6 months. Read more...
Both. While a knee replacement is often quite painful, this usually resolves over 6-12 weeks and one can return to normal activities. A 'reconstruction' can mean many things, but typically waiting for tissues to heal takes much longer before full recovery is achieved. Read more...

Does having a cortisone injection contain steroids? What is usually done for a medial partial knee replacement? Recovery time?

Yes. Yes a cortisone shot is the injection of a type of steroid into the area intended (the knee for example). A medial partial knee replacement, as the name implies, involve replacing just the medial compartment of the knee as opposed to a total knee replacement which involves replacing all three compartments. Partial knee replacements as usually outpatient or overnight stay, 4-6 week recovery. Read more...