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What is recovery after total knee replacement like?

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You might drive again as soon as 3 weeks after your surgery. But most people need 4-6 weeks before they can bend their knee to get in and out of the car.

In 3-6 weeks, you could shop for groceries, get up from a chair, and do other things that were difficult before the surgery. Just remember that you might not be 100% pain-free. Let you doctor know about any pain that bothers you.

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Total knee replacement (arthroplasty) (Beyond the Basics).”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Total Knee Replacement,” “Total Knee Replacement Exercise Guide.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Study: Patients Who Go Home After Knee Replacement Do As Well As Those Discharged to Rehab Facility.”

Medscape: “Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Knee Replacement.”

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Total knee replacement (arthroplasty) (Beyond the Basics).”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Total Knee Replacement,” “Total Knee Replacement Exercise Guide.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Study: Patients Who Go Home After Knee Replacement Do As Well As Those Discharged to Rehab Facility.”

Medscape: “Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Knee Replacement.”

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

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