Brian Gladnick MD

What is my recovery like after joint replacement surgery?

After a direct anterior total hip replacement, total knee replacement, or partial knee replacement, patients may immediately weight bear as tolerated, with no restrictions. 

Most patients will spend one night in the hospital and go home the next day, but some patients may prefer to go home on the same day of surgery. Specific physical therapy protocols are available on the website and will be initiated by your physical therapist.

Overall recovery time depends on the age, activity level, and health of the patient. Generally speaking, for the first 2-3 weeks, patients are encouraged to walk, practice going up and down stairs, and resume the activities of daily living.

By 4-6 weeks, most patients have discontinued the need for a cane and are walking unsupported.

From 6-12 weeks, the patient will notice larger gains in physical therapy in terms of endurance, range of motion, and strength.

Usually, by 3-4 months, the patient is starting to feel close to normal and is resuming most activities, but many patients continue to see ongoing improvement even up through one year after surgery. 

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