Knee replacement surgery mostly requires 1 ½ to 3 hours of operative time. Immediately after surgery, patient is taken to a recovery room, where vital organs are frequently monitored. After being stabilized, patient is returned to his/her hospital room.
Urination can be difficult in the immediate postoperative period, and this can be aggravated by pain medications, to avoid such condition a catheter is inserted into the urethra allowing free passage of urine until the patient becomes more mobile.
You’ll usually be hospitalized for three to five days after Knee Replacement Surgery, but recovery time can vary depending on the individual and type of surgery carried out.
Many people can stop using walking aids within six weeks after surgery, and can start driving after eight to 12 weeks.
Full recovery can take up to 2 years. A very small amount of people will continue to experience some pain even after two years.