Knee replacement surgery recovery
expectations differs among patients.
One of the most commonly asked question
regarding knee replacement from the prospective of the patient is “how well and
soon will I recover from my surgery?”
Have you asked that question to your
doctor? It’s likely you have, and if not, I am sure you or your family has at least
It can be an extremely stressful
time for a patient, even if they are assured by their surgeon they will be ok;
factors that affect this include past experiences, anxiety (generalized and the
thoughts associated with being disabled for a long period of time) and general
fear of surgeries.
Let us dig deep into the reality of
knee surgery recovery and learn all we can!
Knee Replacement Surgery Recovery facts
"Will I recover fully?"- If you have this question in
your mind, let me assure you that “Yes, you will absolutely recover, as
long as you follow the knee replacement surgeons advice and guidance.”
"Will it be quick?" - No, it won't be quick and if
someone is telling you different please disregard their advice; you will
not be running and jumping a month after the surgery so it’s vital to come
to terms with this reality early in the process.
"Will it be painful?"- Yes, there will be pain
associated with the process; it’s an operation where your body had been
cut open to essentially perform carpentry work on your knees (sorry to all
knee doctors for using ‘carpentry’ word here; we realize your work is much
more than that). Don’t worry though; medical professionals aid in pain
management and you will be surprised at how quickly you learn to cope with
pain through the use of medication and your therapist’s advice. Eventually
all the pain will subside and you will be happy you opted for the surgery.
Trust me, I have seen so many patients enter the hospital barely able to
walk due to terrible arthritic knee pain; on the day of discharge from the
hospital they’re walking with the help of a walker and you can see
happiness on their face. This surgery nearly always increases the patient’s
quality of life.
"When will I don’t recover
You are the right person to answer this question. Will you regularly perform
your exercise prescribed? Will you be honest to yourself and do all the tasks
related to your recovery? If you ask any surgeon they would also agree
that you are the ultimate catalyst for your recovery. So many factors come
into picture here: your age, your knee condition prior to operation, knee muscle and knee bone anatomy, your body’s immunity system, just to name
few. Also, depending on the type of knee replacement surgery (Total, Partial, Cartilage, Arthroscopy, Knee Cap), recovery time will differ for each. Normal recovery
time could be anywhere from 3 months to a year or more.
Have realistic expectations
regarding your knee replacement surgery recovery; it will save you frustration
and disappointment if you go into the process with the right attitude. You will
be living an absolutely different life following your knee replacement surgery,
but remember it won't be overnight.
You (yourself): Trust me, you may
laugh at this, but you play the most important part in your knee
replacement surgery recovery. I have seen patients with amazing
recoveries, and conversely I have seen some really bad recoveries too –
the correlation between correct recovery procedures and recuperation time
You would have to be very unlucky to
have any of the two factors which are beyond the control of knee replacement
But you have to think are you one among the 98% who recover very well;
be positive or you increase your chances of becoming one among the 2% of unfortunate
people whose condition deteriorates following surgery.