Recovery from a total knee replacement is truly a multidisciplinary approach.
After surgery, you'll be taken to the recovery room and monitored by a registered nurse. After you awaken from anesthesia, you'll be taken to your hospital room. Typically, you'll remain in the hospital for three to four days, depending on your recovery. You may feel some pain that will be managed with medication to make you as comfortable as possible. To avoid lung congestion after surgery, you should breathe deeply and cough frequently to keep your lungs clear
Walking and knee movement are very important for recovery. Usually the first day after surgery, you'll begin to work with a physical therapist who will teach you exercises to regain full leg and knee movement. During your hospital stay, you'll attend physical therapy one to two times a day. An occupational therapist and nurse discharge planner will help you prepare for your return home.