After your operation, you will be taken to a recovery ward at BMI The Park Hospital where you will be offered pain relief medication (if needed) and something to eat or drink.
Around 12-24 hours following your operation, your Nurse or Physiotherapist will help you get out of bed and stand up. Your Physiotherapist might provide you with a walking frame or crutches to assist you with walking. In most cases, you should be able to walk with your walking aid after around one week.
You could be required to stay at our hospital for around three days after surgery, but this will depend on your surgery and recovery. Research has found that people who spend less time in hospital make a faster recovery, so we will aim to get you back in your own home as soon as it’s safe.
During your recovery at BMI The Park Hospital in Nottingham, your Physiotherapist will demonstrate some exercises that you can do to strengthen your knee. You can begin these exercises the day after your surgery and should continue doing them during your recovery.
Exercises after a knee replacement can include knee flexion (bending) or extension (straightening) exercises, as well as exercises for your quadriceps (thigh muscles) to strengthen these muscles.
How to sleep after your knee replacement surgery at BMI The Park Hospital
Although you will not be required to sleep in a specific way following your surgery, you should avoid placing a pillow under your knee, as this can cause your muscles to tighten and your knee can become trapped in a bent position.
Can you kneel after a knee replacement?
Your Orthopaedic Surgeon might advise you to avoid kneeling for eight to 12 weeks after your surgery at BMI The Park Hospital.
Returning to work and driving after your operation
You should be able to return to work around six to 12 weeks after your operation. However, this will depend on the type of work that you do and the surgery that you have had.
Driving after knee replacement surgery should be after around six to eight weeks.
After your surgery at BMI The Park Hospital in Nottingham, your Orthopaedic Consultant will arrange a follow-up appointment to remove any stitches and monitor the progress of your recovery. This could be around two weeks after your operation.