A total knee replacement is a common surgery for people with severe arthritis, damage to the knee joint or other mechanical issues. While this surgery often improves the quality of life for patients, it can be a daunting process. One of the biggest concerns for patients is what recovery may look like after surgery. Let’s take a closer look at what patients can expect during and after recovery from a total knee replacement.
1. What to expect during hospital recovery
After surgery, patients will spend several days in the hospital. During this time, they will be given pain medication, have their vital signs monitored and begin physical therapy with the help of a physical therapist. Physical therapy is crucial in helping patients regain strength and mobility. Patients will also be taught how to safely move, stand and walk with a walker, crutches, or cane. In most cases, patients will be discharged home with a set of exercises to continue their rehabilitation.
2. What to expect during home recovery
During the first few weeks at home, patients will need to take it easy and avoid putting too much strain on the knee. Physical therapy will continue, and this is when patients will start recovering their full range of motion and strength. It’s also important to follow the pain management regimen and take medications as prescribed. Patients should expect to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising for several weeks after surgery. Some therapeutic exercises can be carried out at home with the help of a physical therapist.
3. Recovery timeline
Recovery timelines vary from person to person, but most people require several months to a year to fully recover following a total knee replacement surgery. During this time, patients will gradually increase their physical activity and work with their physical therapist to keep improving their range of motion and strength. Patients may need several follow-up appointments with their healthcare provider to monitor progress and make adjustments to the recovery plan as necessary.
4. Returning to normal activities
The goal of the total knee replacement surgery is to reduce pain and improve mobility so patients can return to their regular daily activities. After recovery, most patients can resume most of their regular activities like walking, driving, and swimming. However, high-impact activities and sports, like running and jumping, are usually not recommended for patients who have had a total knee replacement.
5. How can POSMC help?
At the Plano Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center (POSMC), we provide patients with comprehensive care before, during and after surgery. Our skilled orthopedic surgeons have years of experience in performing all types of joint replacements and our physical therapists work with each patient to create a customized recovery plan. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality care so that patients can return to their daily activities as soon as possible.
While recovery after a total knee replacement can be a long and challenging process, it’s important to remember that with the right care and support, patients can make a full recovery. At POSMC, we are dedicated to helping patients through every step of the recovery process. From the initial consultation to follow-up appointments, we strive to provide the highest quality care for our patients. If you’re considering a total knee replacement or have other joint concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help and support you!
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