knee SURGERY and hospital stay

Your surgery

Knee replacement surgery generally takes 2 hours under spinal or general anaesthetic. You will then be transferred to a recovery ward for 1-2 hours before going to your hospital room.  

There are side effects from any operation. Side effects may be short-lived or last for several weeks, and may include knee pain and swelling and bruising around the knee.

Your hospital stay

During your hospital stay, the treatment team will monitor and assess your progress. You will receive the following attention:

  • Tests: blood tests and x-rays
  • Pain and wound management: appropriate dressing and painkillers
  • Blood clot prevention: blood-thinning medication
  • Physiotherapy: exercises to start your recovery.

Your hospital stay ranges from 2 to 5 days, as recommended by the treatment team. People are generally ready to go home or to a rehabilitation hospital when their recovery, healing and strength are progressing well.

Rehabilitation and recovery →