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What to Expect After Knee Replacement Surgery

This time of year is meant to be enjoyed, with the warmer favorable weather, longer days, and an abundance of activities a mile long, you might be wondering how to fit it all in. Summer is a time when people are traditionally more active but if you’re living with knee pain it can put a serious damper on your plans, and overall quality of life. If you haven’t already, it might be time to consider knee replacement surgery. Knee replacement surgery has become a routine procedure in many hospitals. Surgeons carry out approximately 600,000 total knee replacements annually in the United States. Knowing what to expect after surgery can help you prepare for your surgery and get back to life, although everybody will heal differently, here are some things to consider when it comes to post-surgery healing, according to Healthlin

Adjusting to your new knee

After the procedure, you’re likely to face various challenges. For most people, recovery can take 6–12 months, and possibly longer in some cases. Knowing what to expect can help you make it through your day more effectively and get the most out of your new knee. Keep reading to find out what adjustments you may need to make and always keep to your provider if you have any questions.


Traveling is tough on your body, especially if you take a long flight with tight legroom. Here are some tips for keeping fit inflight:

  • wear compression stockings

  • stretch and walk around the plane every hour or more

  • regularly rotate each foot 10 times clockwise and 10 times anticlockwise

  • flex each foot up and down 10 times

  • Exercises and compression hose can help prevent blood clots from developing.

Your knee may also swell due to changes in cabin pressure. You may want to talk with your doctor before any long-distance travel to be sure they don’t have any specific concerns during the first few months after surgery.

Back to work

Set realistic expectations about when you should go back to work. In most cases, it’ll be 3–6 weeks before you can return to work. You may be able to get back to work within 10 days if you work at home. However, you’ll likely need longer if your work is labor-intensive; possibly 3 months or more. Don’t expect too much from yourself at first. Speak to your boss and co-workers to make them aware of your situation. Try to ease back into full working hours.

These are just some of the many things to consider and take note of when considering knee replacement surgery.

Joint replacement is an effective procedure for patients suffering from ongoing pain, limited mobility, and a reduced quality of life. Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC in St. Clair Shores and Shelby Township, Michigan, has a team of expert orthopedic surgeons who can help repair or replace a damaged joint that's causing you discomfort. To learn whether you're a good candidate for joint replacement surgery, call or use the online scheduling tool to book a consultation today.


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