How long will it be before I feel normal? You should be able to stop using your crutches or walking frame and resume normal leisure activities six weeks after surgery. However, it may take up to three months for pain and swelling to settle down. It can take up to a year for any leg swelling to disappear.
Simply so, how long are you out of work for a knee replacement?
Return to work should be phased, however, with three half-days in the first week, two full days in the second week, five half-days in the third week, and full-time by week four. Recovery from knee replacement surgery takes a minimum of three months, but most likely six.
How long before you can drive after a total knee replacement?
If you had surgery on your right knee, you should not drive for at least 4 weeks. After 4 weeks you may return to driving as soon as you feel comfortable. If you had surgery on your left knee, you may return to driving as soon as you feel comfortable if you have an automatic transmission.
Can you kneel down with a knee replacement?
An artificial knee will never work as well as your original knee did before you had arthritis. About 90 percent of patients with arthritic knees before surgery will have better motion after a total knee replacement. Many patients do voice difficulty with kneeling after knee replacement.