Will I have to go to physical therapy?
For some patients, physical therapy is not required. Your surgeon can best determine whether or not this is appropriate for you. In all cases, an immediate postoperative recovery will focus on protecting the knee, minimizing discomfort, and ensuring early return to motion. After that, your surgeon will prescribe a set of simple exercises to aid in recovery and strengthen your knee.
Is it normal to have a fever following surgery?
Immediately after your procedure, you may have a low grade fever (up to 101 degrees). It is important to contact your doctor if your temperature elevates above 101 degrees or lasts longer than one week.
What care will the incision require?
Following surgery, it is important to keep your incision covered with a clean dressing. Your surgeon will recommend that you use caution while bathing to keep your incision dry. Waterproof bandages are recommended. Be sure to contact your surgeon if you notice any changes in the incision such as swelling or drainage during the recovery period.
Will I have to take any medication after surgery?
Your surgeon may prescribe medication to control pain after surgery and/or coated aspirin to prevent blood clots. It is important that you consult with your physician before taking any non-prescribed medications.
When can I go back to work?
Your return to work will be dependent on your job requirements and endurance. Typically, patients return to office work in two to three weeks; jobs that require longer periods of standing may require longer periods of time.
Will I be able to drive after surgery?
Following surgery you may not have the full leg control required to work the gas and brake pedals. As a safety precaution, your surgeon may recommend that you not drive for a few days.
Will I have to wear a leg brace?
Your surgeon will determine whether or not you will need to wear a brace. If you do, you will likely wear your brace for two weeks or less depending upon your surgeon’s recommended weight-bearing protocol.
How soon will I be able to walk?
You should be able to walk, as tolerated, a few hours after surgery. You may be provided with a knee brace and/or aids such as crutches or a walker to assist you.