Who needs knee replacement surgery?
Anyone with stiff, painful joints that prevent everyday simple activities.
What happens during knee joint replacement surgery?
The damaged joint is removed and a new one is put in its place. Pain and discomfort are minimized with the use of medication and anesthesia.
What happens after the surgery?
Dramatic improvement after surgery is the ultimate goal. Most patients have documented improvement in one month after surgery. The average hospital stay after knee joint replacement is usually three to five days. In general, patients are able to stand and move the joint the day after surgery. Then, patients undergo physical therapy (PT) to help rebuild muscle strength and confidence. After about six weeks of PT, most people are walking comfortably with minimal assistance. Once muscle strength is restored, everyday activities can be done.
How long will I need PT after knee joint replacement?
Time with a physical therapist depends on the extent of the surgery. However, most patients continue PT for 4 to 8 weeks.