Although recovery times vary, most people can resume normal activities such as sitting, standing, and climbing stairs within three to six weeks after knee replacement surgery. Most people who drive can be back behind the wheel within four to six weeks after the operation.
There may still be some pain and stiffness, and the incision site may feel numb for several months. And it may take up to a year to appreciate the full benefits of knee replacement. But most patients who get knee replacements are satisfied with the results, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
This article first appeared in the April 2020 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.