How Long Does It Take To Recover From Joint Replacement
Every patient reacts differently to surgical intervention depending on their health and the complexity of the procedure. Therefore, recovery time varies substantially based on medical condition, overall fitness, and circumstantial factors. Identifying what affects recovery times will help you prepare for the time investment required for a successful knee or hip joint replacement.
The joint replacement journey and timeline
You may know someone who underwent hip or knee replacement surgery and was discharged home the same day. It used to be necessary for a patient to stay in the hospital for several nights following hip or knee replacement surgery. Modern techniques and medicines, combined with multimodal pain management and rehabilitation protocols have allowed many people to have joint replacement surgeries without spending a single night in the hospital.
There will be some occasions when a patient will need to stay in the hospital for a night or two to ensure careful monitoring of other medical conditions and to confirm that they are safe to be discharged to their home. This is determined on an individual basis for each patient.
How long does joint replacement surgery take?
While the length of time can vary for each patient, the average primary joint replacement surgery takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. We will review the expected time required for surgery with each patient before the surgery takes place.
After your surgery, you will spend some time in the post-anesthesia-care-unit (PACU) or “recovery room”. Typical recovery room stays vary depending on whether you are being discharged home or spending the night in the hospital. Patients are permitted to go home when: