What should I expect after knee replacement surgery?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

After knee replacement surgery, you should expect to stay in the hospital for three to seven days. As soon as possible after the surgery—usually the same day—hospital staffers will help you start to bend your knee, walk with a walker or crutches and do exercises to strengthen the knee. When you get home, you will need to work with a physical therapist a few times a week for several weeks to help you regain full function in your leg. You will also need to continue knee exercises at home for at least two months.

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