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Frequently Asked Questions

The care team at Temple Health is here to help you prepare for knee replacement surgery. Our experienced team understands you may have some questions. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions and answers about knee replacement surgery.

What are important knee recovery tips?

The best advice for recovering from a knee replacement surgery is to prepare for surgery ahead of time and commit to rehabilitation exercises. Get your home ready before you leave the hospital to make recovery easier and safer for you. Follow your surgeon and physical therapists’ advice for returning to activities and exercise recommendations.

What are common knee replacement complications?
  • The most common complications from knee replacement surgery include:
    • Pain and stiffness
    • Blood clots
    • Infection
    • Nerve or tissue damage

Your surgeon and anesthesiologist discuss each of these possible complications with you before surgery.

How long is typical knee replacement surgery?

Typically, knee replacement surgery takes on average 2 hours.

How long is the recovery time from knee replacement surgery for the elderly?

The elderly sometimes have a longer recovery time after a major procedure like knee replacement surgery. Often, older patients may go to a rehabilitation center after being discharged from the hospital to build strength before returning home, but may resume regular daily activities 6-8 weeks following surgery.

What are alternative treatment options for knee replacement surgery?

Less invasive options to treat chronic knee joint pain may include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Hyaluronic acid injections to lubricate the knee joint
  • Increased physical activity
  • Medication, including pills or cortisone shots to help relieve pain and inflammation
  • Physical therapy
  • Plasma-rich protein injections
  • Weight loss

It’s important to talk with an experienced orthopedic provider to discuss your options and find a safe treatment plan for you.

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