Knee Joint Replacement - Recovery Time

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How long did it take you to recover after knee joint replacement surgery?
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Published: March 09

I recently had my second knee replacement. It is considerably worse than the first knee replacement. It has been a month and I still am having a lot of pain and swelling. I have been in physical therapy, but the swelling is so bad that recovery is going very slowly. I was told it was because there was a lot more work that had to be done on the knee. With this knee replacement surgery I had a lot more bruising and calf and shin pain. I am very frustrated with the pain and swelling. A month out and I can only bend my knee about 90 degrees. Walking is still difficult and very painful in the shin and calf areas. Hoping this gets better with time..

Published: November 30

My knee joint replacement surgery has had a generally good outcome so far. I am walking well after 7 weeks with no pain and with a rhythmic gait. Knee swells with too much rehabilitation exercise or standing too long. Ice assists to reduce swelling and pain. I have not taken pain tablets for several weeks and manage the pain by how I lie, sit and elevate the leg and ankle movements. Stairs are still somewhat challenging especially stepping down, but manageable. I can mostly keep the leg flat and have about 96 degrees bend at this time..