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Posts Tagged ‘knee replacement’

Total Knee Rehab

Total Knee Rehab

The rehabilitation process following knee replacement will vary.  Expect to stay in the hospital from one to seven days following your surgery.  The length of stay will depend on your strength and your at-home support.

Protected weight-bearing with a walker or crutches is required until the quadriceps has healed and recovered.  Continuous Passive Motion machines are often prescribed to enhance range of motion.  Daily physical therapy will be required to restore motion, function, and strength.

It will take about six weeks for you to walk with a cane, and full recovery should be expected after three months.  Many patients kick themselves for waiting so long to have their knees replaced.  After years of suffering with osteoarthritis it is a pleasure to be able to walk without pain.



This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee Replacement Surgery

Recommendation XXI

Patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis who are not experiencing an imporvement in function and pain relief from a combination of pharmacological and non-phamracological treatment should consider joint replacement surgery.

Total knee replacement surgery is recommended in14 out of 14 existing guidelines for the treatment of osteoarthritis.  Replacement surgeries are effective and cost-effective treatments for patients with significant symptoms.  All studies reported improvements in pain and physical function.

The research team gave this osteoarthritis treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 96%.

W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162