What To Expect After I Have Had Knee Replacement Surgery?
Knee Replacement surgery is usually the last resort to be considered for chronic knee problems when all other treatment options have failed. Knee replacements are usually only recommended to people aged 60+ (with few exceptions) due to the shelf life of the prosthesis or the new joint.
It is an invasive procedure so should be considered when other treatment options have not worked. The recovery after knee replacement surgery could take a few months or sometimes upto a year depending on the individual. An extensive round of physical therapy is required to help your ‘new joint’ regain its mobility and function and help you get back to activities you enjoy.
Your activity level after surgery meaning high impact activities like running, playing tennis etc may most likely be not permitted to allow longer shelf life and prevent wear and tear of your prosthesis or the ‘new joint’ so discussing these questions with your surgeon is encouraged prior to making this decision.
The benefits of pain relief and ability to perform day to day activities as well as walking are accomplished by most patients based on their prior activity level but a well regimented physical therapy program is key to reach these goals.
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