Partial Knee Replacement Recovery Time

Written by j.d. wollf
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If your knees are affected by arthritis, it may be time for a replacement. If you meet certain qualifications, you may be a candidate for partial knee replacement surgery, in which only certain parts of the knee cartilage, as opposed to the full joint, are replaced. Partial knee replacement surgery has a shorter recovery time than full knee replacement.

Knee Usage

You will be expected to start using your new knee almost immediately after the surgery. In fact, the sooner you start rehabilitation, the better your result will be.

In Hospital

Most patients stay in the hospital for one or two nights after surgery. A few patients can be discharged on the same day as surgery.


At first you'll receive painkilling medication through an IV, then after a few days you should switch to shots or pills. You'll also receive antibiotics and blood thinners, which will prevent clots from forming in your legs.


You should begin a physiotherapy routine that's customised to your needs. Strictly following a physiotherapy routine will help you recover.


Your knee joint won't fully recover right after surgery. You should notice gradual improvement over a period of months.

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