Total knee replacement surgeries are usually performed in a hospital. You will most likely stay in the hospital for one to three days, depending on what is required for your recovery. You will experience some pain or discomfort after surgery, but your hospital care team will provide medication to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Physical therapy is an extremely important part of rehabilitation and usually begins the day of surgery. You will learn specific exercises to strengthen your leg and restore knee movement to allow walking and other normal daily activities.
You can generally resume most daily activities four to six weeks after knee replacement surgery. After you’ve recovered, you can enjoy a variety of low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming, golfing, or biking. However, higher impact activities like jogging, skiing, tennis, and sports involving contact or jumping should be avoided until discussed with and approved by your doctor.