Is recovery from a revision of a knee replacement longer or shorter than when the knee was originally replaced?

Recovery following a revision of a total knee arthroplasty (TKA) or knee replacement, greatly varies. It depends entirely on what the revision was for, what revision was done, and the individual patient.

Of course, there is the usual recovery time of having undergone a surgery requiring a general anesthetic; this means taking care of the wound and the dressing, your respiratory status - making sure you have cleared all the anesthetic out of your lungs, and your mobility.

Whether you need to begin with the basics of moving around again or can move ahead quickly will be decided upon by your doctor and physiotherapist.

Reference: 

Robert L. Barrack, MD, et al. Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty. In Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. November 2007. Vol. 464. Pp. 146-150.

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