What to Expect from Knee Replacement Surgery

More than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States, making it one of the most common joint replacement surgeries. The most typical candidate for knee replacement is someone suffering from osteoarthritis. It is also one of the most successful surgical procedures, with almost 90 percent of patients reporting a dramatic reduction of pain. This also makes knee replacement one of the most life-enhancing procedures you can have.

Rehabilitation Plays a Critical Role in Knee Replacement Success

It may take as long as 12 weeks to recover to the point where you can return to normal activities. During this time, the physical therapy (PT) you receive is essential to helping ensure a full recovery. Rehabilitation begins almost immediately after your surgery. Within the first 24 hours, you will begin standing and walking using an assistive device. Your hospital stay will probably last only a few days, after which you’ll be sent to a rehabilitation facility or sent home with scheduled physical therapy appointments. If you are sent to a short-term rehabilitation facility offering post-acute care and services, the average stay can be between 3-10 days, depending on your individual health care needs and therapy goals. After that, your doctor may recommended further physical and/or occupational therapy in an outpatient setting.

Alden’s Rehabilitation Program

Alden’s Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program is designed to help you recover as quickly as possible so you can return home safely. During your first PT session, you’ll be asked what your goals are – Eager to get back to the golf course? Need to walk your dog? Your treatment is designed for your specific needs and goals. Just some of the tools we use to achieve your goals include:

  • Physical and Occupational Therapies
  • Fully Equipped Therapy Gym
  • 24/7 Nursing Care, including Pain Management
  • Therapy Goal Setting and Progress Tracking
  • Strength-building and mobility equipment
  • Specialized Diathermy Treatments that enhance recovery by helping relax and heal muscles and relieve pain and stiffness
  • Comprehensive Discharge Planning

Successful Discharge to Home

Your Alden team will work closely with you prior to discharge to ensure you have the care and equipment you need for a smooth transition to home and maximum recovery. This may include in-home medical equipment and supplies, home health care and more.

Tips for When You Return Home

The first thing you’ll want to do is minimize the risk of falling in your home. This should include removing throw rugs and clutter from the floor, keeping overenthusiastic pets from crossing your path, and installing nonskid mats in the tub and/or shower. Also wear shoes or footwear with nonskid soles Your Alden Therapists will provide tips and instructions to help you navigate your home.

The Road to Recovery

At the end of six weeks, you should have a noticeable increase in knee strength with decreased swelling. Always check with your therapist to see what activities are advised to ensure your continued comfort and safety.



Alden’s Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program offers intensive therapy as well as the latest equipment and modalities to improve your function and performance following hip or knee surgery. Contact us at 800-291-5900 or visit for more information.