Knee replacement recovery will vary from person to person but is generally really good. 92% of partial knee replacements last at least 20 years.
Here we will concentrate on recovery from partial knee replacements, looking at short term and long term recovery, what rehab involves and how successful surgery is.
Partial knee replacement recovery is usually pretty quick. You are often able to get up and walk around just a few hours after the operation, if not, the next day. You can put your full weight on the leg straight away, but you may need crutches or a stick to help for the first few days.
You will start your exercises straight away and will progress through the rehab programme as instructed. People are usually discharged home after 24 hours, butmay be kept in for a couple of days if needed.
Usually with partial knee replacement recovery, after 3-6 weeks you will likely:
• be walking normally without any aids
• be able to drive
• have only minimal or no pain at all
• be able to fully bend and straighten your knee
Within 3 months you are likely to be back to all your normal activities and extra ones as you will no longer be limited by your arthritis. You will continue to improve for up to 2 years after the operation.
Rehab is on of the most important aspects influencing partial knee replacement recovery. Both before and after surgery you will see a physiotherapist who will go through exercises with you. It is well worth starting these exercises before you have your operation to get your muscles stronger as you will recover quicker from the operation. After surgery, you will be able to progress onto more advanced exercises.
Knee Replacement Rehab exercises will help to increase the amount of movement at your knee, so you can bend and straighten it fully, and the strength of your knee muscles. These will make your daily activities such as walking and climbing stairs much easier.
Partial Knee Replacement recovery will be largely impacted by how much you comply with your rehab programme. If you exercise, you will end of with a very strong, mobile knee that allows you to do virtually anything you want. If you don’t exercise your knee you run the risk of developing long-term stiffness and weakness in your knee which will limit function eg walking, and climbing stairs.
Check out the Knee Replacement Rehabilitation Exercises section for simple and effective exercises to do both before and after knee replacement surgery to help you get the best out of your new knee.
Partial Knee replacements are incredibly successful when done on the right patient. Surgeons have strict criteria to follow when deciding if a partial knee replacement is suitable to ensure they work.
Studies have shown that after:
• 10 years: approx 98% of partial knee replacements are still working
• 20 years: approx 92% are still working (figures for Oxford Partial Knee) - 7% higher than Total Knee Replacements
Occasionally the fittings may come loose or arthritis may develop in the other side of the knee in which case a Total Knee Replacement will be performed. For more information see the Risks and Problems page.
If you want to know more about knee replacement recovery and surgery, visit the following sections:
Overview: Including who Partial Knee Replacements are suitable for and what is involved
Surgery: What actually happens during surgery
Problems and Risks: A guide to the most common problems associated with partial knee surgery
Common Questions: Answers to the most frequently asked questions after partial knee surgery
Partial vs Total Knee Replacements: Compare the two to find out which surgery is right for you
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