What is normal recovery time for partial knee replacement?
Partial knee replacement recovery time is typically six to eight weeks. Then you can resume all your normal activities as cleared by your surgeon. Physical therapy for several months will help you continue improving your range of motion.
What can I expect after a partial knee replacement?
You may still have some mild pain, and the area may be swollen for weeks after surgery. Your knee will continue to improve for 6 months or longer. You may be able to walk without a cane or walker after 1 or 2 weeks. You will need to do months of physical rehabilitation (rehab) after a knee replacement.
How soon can you walk after a partial knee replacement?
People who have a partial knee replacement recover faster than those who have a total knee replacement. Many people are able to walk without a cane or walker within 3 to 4 weeks after surgery. You will need physical therapy for 3 to 4 months.
Is a partial knee replacement worth it?
Compared to total knee replacement, partial knee replacement better preserves range of motion and knee function because it preserves healthy tissue and bone in the knee. For these reasons, patients tend to be more satisfied with partial knee replacement compared with total knee replacement.
Can you climb stairs after partial knee replacement?
Most patients begin walking with a cane, walker or crutches the day of surgery, and some can climb stairs and put their full weight on the knee in a day or two. You can return to normal activities, including driving and work, when you are able and cleared by your physician.
How do you sleep after a partial knee replacement?
Sleep on your back with a pillow between your knees. Avoid crossing your surgical leg across the middle of your body. Sleep on your non-operative side with pillows between your legs. Avoid bending your knees.
How long does it take for swelling to go down after partial knee replacement?
How long will it be before I feel normal? You should be able to stop using your crutches or walking frame and resume normal leisure activities 6 weeks after surgery. However, it may take up to 3 months for pain and swelling to settle down. It can take up to a year for any leg swelling to disappear.
How should I sleep after knee surgery?
The best sleeping position just after your surgery is sleeping on your back. You should make sure that your operative leg stays as straight as possible to avoid hypertension of the knee and keep proper blood flow to the surgery site. If you are sleeping on your back, put the pillow under your calf and knee.
What is the most commonly reported problem after knee replacement surgery?
Pain and Other Physical Complications. Knee replacement surgery can result in physical complications ranging from pain and swelling to implant rejection, infection and bone fractures. Pain may be the most common complication following knee replacement.