Realistic expectation post knee replacement surgery is key to achieving a good outcome. Knee replacement can achieve excellent pain relief and satisfaction when used in appropriate patients. Below is a summary of answers to questions that patients commonly will ask Dr Daniel Meyerkort about Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery
How long is recovery post Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery?
- Most patients will spend 3 – 4 nights in hospital
- The first 2 – 3 weeks is hard work to manage pain, swelling, regain range of motion and walk
- By 6 weeks most patients are reasonably well recovered, they are mobilising around the home without crutches, returning to work and continuing to build strength around the knee
- By 3 – 4 months post surgery, most patients are good and functioning at a much better level than prior to surgery
- Best results for pain and swelling to settle can take up to 12 months
Can I kneel post knee replacement surgery?
- Yes you can if you are comfortable but most patients choose not to.
My knee / scar feels numb?
- Most patients have a numb patch around the knee post surgery, a small nerve called the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve is usually cut during the knee replacement.
My knee clicks or makes noise after surgery?
- This is normal it is the sound of metal on plastic as the knee moves, most knees make small amounts of clicking after surgery.
How long will a knee replacement last?
- At least 80% of modern knee replacement should last at least 20 years.