Knee Replacement FAQs

Before Surgery

How do I know it’s time to have a knee replacement?

Do I need a medical evaluation before surgery?

Do I need to have physical therapy before surgery?

Should I take all of my medications before surgery?


What type of anesthesia will I have?

How long does the surgery take?

What knee implants do you use?

What will my wound be closed with?

What complications could occur and how do you prevent them?

After Surgery

What will I have for pain medication after surgery?

How long will I be in the hospital?

Will I go home or to a rehabilitation facility?

How long is the recovery?

Do I need to have physical therapy?

Can I put full weight on my leg immediately?

Do I have any restrictions after surgery?

How do I take care of the wound and bandage?

When can I take a shower?

When can I drive?

When can I go back to work?

After my initial recovery, can I do anything I want with my knee?

Do I need to take antibiotics before dental procedures?

Will my knee replacement ever wear out or need to be redone?

  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Mid Coast Hospital
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons