Typically, patients stay in the hospital for 3 to 4 days, but this varies a bit since every patient progresses at his or her own rate. After surgery, it is natural to feel some pain, but this is usually managed adequately with medication. Being physically active is an important part of recovery. In general, most patients are close to full recovery 3 months after surgery. Rehabilitation and recovery includes:
- A walker or crutches will generally be used for 2 to 4 weeks after surgery. Thereafter, most people advance to using a cane or no assistive device at all.
- After being discharged and returning home, patients may see a physiotherapist 2 to 3 times a week. The physiotherapist helps patients do exercises targeted to improving walking skills, regaining motion, and building strength.
Total Knee Replacement Outcomes
Total knee replacement is a widely-used surgical procedure that has greatly improved the quality of life of millions of people suffering from symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, with approximate 10-year success rates in excess of 90%. The large majority of patients report substantial or complete relief of their arthritic symptoms once they have recovered from a total knee replacement. About 85% of the knee implants will last 20 years, which is double the durability of knee implants of the 1970s. Current evidence suggests that the long-term benefits of a minimally invasive approach do not differ from those of traditional knee replacement surgery.
There is no need to suffer from chronic, severe knee pain. Contact Health City Cayman Islands today, to schedule a consultation in which we will determine if you are a candidate for surgery. Our world-class orthopedic surgeons and cost savings make us a great choice for total knee replacement surgery.