Recovering from Knee Replacement Surgery
In the days following your knee replacement surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will closely monitor your condition and progress. Although the recovery process varies for each patient, here’s what you might expect in the days following surgery.
  • When you are medically stable, the physical therapist will recommend certain exercises for the affected joint.
  • To ease the discomfort the activity will initially cause, pain medication is recommended prior to therapy. Gradually, your pain medication will be reduced, the IV will be removed, your diet will progress to solids and you will become increasingly mobile.
  • The physical therapist will discuss plans for rehabilitation following hospital discharge. Your physical therapist will also go over exercises to help improve your mobility.
  • Depending on your limitations, an occupational therapist may provide instruction on how to use certain devices that assist in performing daily activities, such as putting on socks, reaching for household items, and bathing.
  • A case manager will discuss plans for your return home and will ensure that you have all the necessary help to support a successful recovery.
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  1. AAOS website,, accessed October 2014.
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