What to expect post Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery – Perth Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Centre

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.