How long are rehabilitation and recovery?
Remember that every patient is different; healing times may vary. Generally, you will be able to walk on crutches about two weeks after surgery, gradually returning to your daily activities until a full recovery after six weeks.
How do I prepare my home for recovery?
Your home should be clear of any obstructions, such as power cords, furniture and other falling hazards. If your house has multiple floors, make sure to prepare a bed on the lowest floor so you can avoid stairs.
When can I shower?
If there is no drainage from the incision, you may shower three days after surgery without protection. If there is drainage, keep it dried while in the shower.
When will my stitches be removed?
Surgeons may close the incision with either staples or stitches. Staples and non-dissolvable stitches usually need to be removed after two weeks. If the doctor used dissolvable stitches, these will fall off on their own.
Is there an age limit for a knee replacement surgery?
Age does not tend to be a deciding factor as long as you have a reasonably healthy lifestyle. We suggest consulting our top orthopedists to find out what is your body’s ability to withstand surgery.
Will my activities be different after surgery?
Low-impact activities are recommended over high-impact ones, such as walking, golfing, swimming or bowling. High-impact activities are at a higher risk of causing complications on the new joint. Try avoiding sports that require running or jumping.