How long does it take to heal completely after joint replacement surgery?

You should be able to stop using your walking frame or crutches and get back to your normal leisure activities within six weeks after the surgery. However, it can take up to three months for the pain to settle down and up to a year for a complete recovery.

Every patient reacts differently to surgical intervention, depending on their health and the complexity of the procedure.

Therefore, recovery time varies greatly and depends on medical, genetic, and circumstantial factors.

Recovery also depends on the patient; you can significantly improve your recovery process and rehabilitation by:

  • maintaining a positive and open attitude, which is a key contributor to the healing process. A supportive medical and patient network can provide the help and encouragement you need if you struggle during recovery
  • managing pain, which can be aided by supportive medical staff
  • regularly undergoing physical therapy, which is an essential part of rehabilitation, particularly during the first six weeks after surgery

Getting back to your daily activities following a joint replacement surgery is a gradual process

You can begin driving a vehicle as soon as you stop taking pain relievers. Most patients can return to a job within six weeks following surgery, depending on the demands of the position.

Complete recovery is achieved when the surgical wounds and soft tissue are thoroughly healed, when you feel well enough to return to your activities, and when your joint’s functions and range of motion are considerably improved.

Total rehabilitation time depends greatly on the surgical procedure. Total knee or shoulder replacement surgery can take between three and 12 months to heal completely, whereas hip replacement surgery will be shorter, usually between one and six months.

However, it can sometimes take a year for swelling to disappear completely. Your replaced joint will typically continue to recover over the course of two years following surgery. You can speed up the process by strengthening the adjacent muscles with regular physical exercises.

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