Recovering from Knee Surgery

Relieving Pain
To reduce swelling and pain, elevate your leg. For the first two days, ice your knee 20-30 minutes a few times a day.

You can shower once your physician says it’s okay.

Certain exercises can speed up recovery. Your doctor may ask you to walk or perform quadriceps sets and straight leg raises. Use slow steady movements. And always exercise both legs to keep your muscles balanced. A physical therapist may also design an exercise program for you. This will help improve muscle strength and joint function.

Checking Your Progress

Your sutures or staples will be removed 10-14 days after surgery. Your surgeon may continue to check the range of motion and strength in your knee for the first year after surgery. Be sure to keep all your appointments and ask any questions you may have. Your doctor may also recommend that you take antibiotics before you have dental work or surgery.

Call Your Doctor If You Have

  • Increased pain
  • Drainage, redness or swelling around the incision
  • A fever over 101 degrees