How long does it take for swelling to go down after knee surgery?
Swelling typically lasts for 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, but may persist for as long as 3 to 6 months.
How can I reduce swelling after knee surgery?
Icing and elevation
Continue using ice packs or some form of cold therapy to help reduce swelling. For knee replacement, you will need to elevate the leg to help reduce swelling. It is important to elevate the entire leg, down to the ankle. When elevating, your feet should be above the level of your heart.
How many days does it take for swelling to go down after surgery?
It may take 5 to 7 days for the swelling to go down, and 10 to 14 days for the bruising to fade. It may be hard to eat at first. If you have stitches, the doctor may need to remove them about a week after surgery.
How many degrees should you be able to bend your knee?
A fully bent knee will max out at about a full range of motion of 135° degrees of flexion. As a general rule, a knee flexion of about 125° will allow you to carry out most normal activities. For daily living, a minimum flexion of around 105°-110° is required.
How long does it take to bend your knee after surgery?
Within 7 to 10 days after your knee replacement, you should be able to get your knee entirely straight/full extension (Fig. 1) (no space between the back of your knee and the table) and you should be able to bend/flex your knee to at least 90 degrees (Fig. 2). 90 degrees is the same thing as a right angle.
How long swollen knee lasts?
formula, swelling often goes down in 1 to 3 days. If the swelling does not go down within a few days of starting R.I.C.E., or if swelling and pain worsen, contact a doctor. While not always necessary, over-the-counter medication may be used to relieve knee swelling and associated pain.
Should I still have pain 8 weeks after knee replacement?
It is difficult to pinpoint the underlying cause of this discomfort—it may be related to the new joint itself or a separate problem involving the surrounding soft tissues. While lingering, mild discomfort is typically okay, any new or unexpected knee pain should be reported to the surgeon or another orthopedic doctor.
How long should I elevate my legs to reduce swelling?
The more the swelling and the longer there has been swelling, the longer and more frequently your need to elevate your legs. Start with 20 minutes twice a day. This might do the trick. If not, go to 30 minutes or even an hour.
How long does tightness last after knee replacement?
By 6 weeks, pain and stiffness should continue to resolve, and isokinetic quadriceps and hamstrings strengthening exercises can be incorporated. By 3 months, most TKA patients should have achieved greater than 90% of their ultimate knee motion and pain control.