Orthopaedics Menu Orthopaedics Knee Patient Education Materials Caregiver Resources Knee Replacement Knee Replacement Surgery Knee Replacement Recovery Same Day Total Knee Surgery Total Knee Replacement - FAQs Knee Pain & Running Knee Surgery Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery FAQs Nonsurgical Knee Pain Treatments Treatments for Knee Pain Osteoarthritis in Knees Total Knee Replacement - FAQs Our St. Elizabeth Healthcare Orthopaedic team ensure your procedure and recovery are as smooth as possible. Before you decide, be sure to talk with our team about all the questions you may have. Below are some frequently asked questions about the total knee replacement process. What is the difference between knee resurfacing and knee replacement? The term knee resurfacing is simply another term for knee replacement. This can refer to a partial knee replacement or a knee replacement. During the knee replacement process, the end surfaces of the bones are removed and replaced or resurfaced with a metal prosthesis. How long does the surgery take? Total knee replacement surgery usually takes between one and one and a half hours, although it can take longer for more complex cases. How long will I be in the hospital? On average, patients remain in the hospital 1-2 nights following surgery. Will I need a walker? Yes, most patients need a walker for a short time after surgery. A walker will be provided for you to use in the hospital and if you need one for home, we will help you get one during your hospital stay. Will I need someone at home with me following discharge from the hospital? Yes. Once you return home following your hospital discharge, you will need assistance for approximately 5-7 days. Will I be able to go up and down stairs? We recommend that our patients avoid stairs for about a week. If stairs are unavoidable, please mention it to your therapist during your hospital stay. Our Physical Therapy department will work with you to make sure you can negotiate them safely. How long will I have physical therapy following surgery? All of our knee replacement patients begin their physical therapy in the hospital and will continue upon discharge from the hospital. Most patients remain in therapy for four to six weeks, although it depends on how quickly you progress. How soon after surgery will I begin walking? Most patients will be sitting in a chair or walking on the evening of surgery. Our Physical Therapists will continue to work with you during your stay. When will my pain go away? The arthritic pain you experienced before the surgery will now be gone. The pain you experience following surgery is surgical/muscle pain. While you can expect to feel this pain for several weeks after surgery, it will gradually decrease. Will anything damage my new knee? Your new knee will be very strong and secure following surgery. You should avoid quick, sharp movements, falls and large amounts of stress or impact on the knee joint. How soon can I shower following surgery? The surgeon will choose from several different dressings following your surgery. Each dressing requires different home care and instructions will be given at discharge. Contact Us If surgery is necessary, our physicians can provide a referral to one of our affiliated orthopaedic surgeons. For more information on surgical options, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.