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What happens after the knee replacement surgery?

Following your procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room where you will remain until your vital signs are stable. You will be moved to a hospital room where you can expect to remain for several days.

After the knee replacement surgery, you will be prescribed a combination of pain-relief methods to take care of the postoperative pain. Your surgeon will encourage starting to move with the aid of a walker on the same day of your surgery. Generally, you will be at the hospital for the next 1-2 days and longer only if required. Most of the times, patients who have undergone knee replacement surgery will be discharged once their pain is under control and are able to:

  • Walk for short distance, at least 150-300 ft with the aid of crutches or walker.
  • Get into and out of their bed
  • Bend their knee at 90 degrees

Your surgeon will advise weight-bearing guidelines to be followed at the hospital as well as at home. You may resume most of the activities within 6 weeks of your knee replacement surgery.

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