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Old 08-15-2020, 12:12 PM
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Default knee replacement recovery time

How long?

It is time to get the knee(s) replaced. Did the shots in one knee a couple of time and it helped for a few months. last time about 2 days.

Got an appointment in a couple of weeks to get with surgeon on scheduling.

What was your recovery time?
To be able to walk a few hundred feet? A mile?

In true THT fashion please reply with all horror stories that ended up in amputations/ wheelchairs!




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My father who is 78 and has Parkinson’s had a full replacement done in May and he’s walking and he’s been been on the boat. Gets sore but the pain level is much better than pre-op. I mentioned the Parkinson’s only because he ran into issues with his tremors getting bad in his repaired leg. He said that was brutal, basically his newly replaced joint was being shaken. That fortunately stopped after a couple days and he’s had fairly smooth recovery since. Just like his hip replacement and his last back operation, he wishes he had done it sooner.
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I had my left done about 5 (58) years ago. I was 8 weeks and back on the tennis court. I don’t think it could have gone any better. I never had any real pain. Make sure you do ALL of your PT. Your knee pain will be gone right away you are mainly PT ‘ing for strength and range of motion. Good Luck.
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Talk about timing, my cousin just sent me this pic an hour ago. He is an active and tough as nails 65 YO, and a big ol boy 6'5" and 275 or so, his knees were just worn slap out.

Surgery in the morning with a spinal block and local to the knees. Doc came and got him out of bed to walk that afternoon and he went 285' on the first go and is cruising now a week later.


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Had both knees done (one at a time) about 10 years ago. You start walking right away. Both knees were done by the same doctor with the same surgical team at the same hospital 3 months apart. The first knee was back to near normal in 8 weeks, the second knee had a harder recovery and took 12 weeks. I would say both were fully healed in 6 months.
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I had both knees done 2 years ago, month apart. Was walking the nite of the surgery. Results depend on the doc.


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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
Talk about timing, my cousin just sent me this pic an hour ago. He is an active and tough as nails 65 YO, and a big ol boy 6'5" and 275 or so, his knees were just worn slap out.

Surgery in the morning with a spinal block and local to the knees. Doc came and got him out of bed to walk that afternoon and he went 285' on the first go and is cruising now a week later.

One of his nuts sure dropped a long way down!
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
One of his nuts sure dropped a long way down!
Yeay this guy is a joker so I had to look twice
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The deal is the more rehab (painful ) the better soon and better results. Its all up to you and you dgoingb the EXTRA mile with rehab. You do it often and well you heal better and sooner. If you only do it at the rehab place and not on your own you will have a poor outcome and long healup time. Do it every day and walla you heal better.
Rehab after these surgeries is all up to the patient.
My friend did hers super well with ist kneww and its a super outcome-the second knee she said she did far less rehab on her own and the oputcome is far less good.Its upo to you.Take your pick
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Had a rough time but that might be on me. Had to have it bent afterwards which was worse than the surgery.

Fell walking into the house some 4 months after surgery. That was the true recovery after surgery as I could bend it further than before the fall.

He asked me when I want the other one done. Told him not in a million years.
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Don’t forget there’s a significant difference between a partial and full replacement when it comes to recovery time.
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Take your pain meds ahead of you PT time. Not after. No more kneeling on that knee without a cushion
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Press your doc to see it you would be eligible for a partial knee replacement. My spin is that most doc's are more apt to go with a total. If you wait to long you may end up with a total instead of a partial

My dad had a partial and he got out of bed the night of the surgery and went to the bathroom by himself. If a month he was was snowblowing, with no rehab. In the middle of February he got down on his knees for communion, without even thinking about it. he had the surgery the week after Thanksgiving

My mom had 2 total and she rehabbed them her self. God she was tough.

Hope it goes well.
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7 months into recovery, the reason you can walk right after surgery is because they pumped lidoocaine or some other numbing med into the tissues of your knee, it lasts 48 hours...the procedure is very traumatic to your bones btw....full recovery is typically 12 months....I could walk 3 miles within 3-4 months then it would get swollen and stiff....daily occurance, now can stand at work 5 hours without issues....DO the PT to the max and take your pain meds as directed
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Originally Posted by onokai View Post
The deal is the more rehab (painful ) the better soon and better results. Its all up to you and you dgoingb the EXTRA mile with rehab. You do it often and well you heal better and sooner. If you only do it at the rehab place and not on your own you will have a poor outcome and long healup time. Do it every day and walla you heal better.
Rehab after these surgeries is all up to the patient.
My friend did hers super well with ist kneww and its a super outcome-the second knee she said she did far less rehab on her own and the oputcome is far less good.Its upo to you.Take your pick
Not only is this dead accurate, but also practice and stretch BEFORE surgery.
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Depends on age and health, but usually you’re moving right after. Full “recovery” is in the 6 month to 12 month range. Most important is quad strength to control the knee.

I had had a young tennis coach go back to work 2 weeks after bilaterals. Didn’t want to do the rehab either. 2 months later he had a 25degree extension lag and had a manipulation. Don’t be that guy.
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I’ve had both done, a couple of years apart. 6 months after the second one, I was elk hunting in the Bob Marshall wilderness off horseback. Some places we would have to dismount and walk because it was too steep for the horses to carry us. Going uphill was tough, downhill was murder, but the knee held out okay, just had to go slow. Was skiing 2 months later. Like others said...do the rehab, hit it hard. If you are a little over weight, try to lose as much as you can before the surgery. I’m 13 years into my first knee and no have no problems
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No personal experience

One friend had both done

First....a breeze....he was back coaching 3 days later
Second......in pain 3 weeks later

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No personal experience

One friend had both done. 60yr old at time

First....a breeze....he was back coaching 3 days later
Second......in pain 3 weeks later

seems to me, luck of draw as to how ez it is

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Had both done. Do what they tell you to do. Walk your ass off. If it gets stiff, move. Everybody has a story they want to tell you. You are the expert on you.



When you can step off the curb without thinking about it, you are totally recovered.

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