Total Knee Replacement
Everyone’s recovery after a total knee replacement operation is different, however most people experience pain, stiffness and swelling immediately after the surgery and lasting for several weeks.
Our video below shows one of the people we have are helping, this is 2 weeks after her right total knee replacement operation by Mr Jonathan Miles.
She is walking well with no crutches 2 weeks after surgery, most people however will still be using a walking aid (crutches / walking-stick) at this stage for comfort and to help.
Question: “Will my knee be swollen and bruised after a knee replacement?” Swelling and bruising in the knee and leg is normal after a total knee replacement. One can see that the patient in this video, her leg is swollen from the ankle to above the knee. There is also bruising- below the knee and above the knee- this is normal. We strongly recommend using an ice compression device such as a Cryo-Cuff or Game Ready device. This helps reduce the swelling which helps control pain and improves mobility in the knee.
Question: “Will my knee be stiff after a knee replacement?” The operated knee will be stiff after the operation, because of pain, swelling and the dressings. It can take up to 3 months to get flexibility back into the leg. Each week one should be getting a bit more movement in the knee.
Question: “Will I be able to ride a bike after a knee replacement?” We always aim to achieve this goal of pedalling a bike after a knee replacement operation- most people are not able to do so until 6 weeks after the operation. One needs 110degrees of knee bending (flexion) in order to pedal a bicycle. Cycling is a good form of low impact strengthening to the muscles and mobility for the knee joint. If a person’s knee was too stiff to pedal a bicycle before a total knee replacement- it is possible that this goal might not be achievable.
Question: “Will I be able to get on and off the floor, or in and out of the bath after a knee replacement operation?” If one was able to do so before a knee replacement operation- we use this as a goal and target working towards achieving this. It is usually something that will be worked on after 6 weeks following the operation.
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