How soon will I be able to walk after surgery?
You will be cleared to progress weight bearing as tolerated immediately after surgery. You will usually not work with physical therapy until the following morning after surgery.
When will I be cleared to drive?
This is dependent on which extremity is uninvolved. If surgery is performed on your left knee, you will be cleared to drive an automatic vehicle once you have discontinued narcotics. If surgery is performed on the right knee, you will typically be cleared to drive approximately 4 weeks postoperatively.
How much physical therapy will be necessary after surgery?
This varies from patient to patient. You can typically expect 4 to 8 weeks of formal physical therapy following this procedure. This will depend on how quickly you regain knee range of motion and quadriceps strength.
When can I shower after surgery?
We typically recommend keeping your incision clean and dry until your follow-up appointment, which is 7-14 days postop.
When can I expect to return to work after surgery?
This will be completely determined by the type of work that you do. If your job is office work, consisting of sedentary work, then you could possibly be cleared to return to work as soon as 1 week postoperatively. If your job consists of heavy manual labor, such as climbing, then it would likely be 3 months before you are ready to return to work. This would also be dictated by the speed at which you recover.