Partial knee replacement - what to expect post-op?

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Morning, i am having a partial knee replacement next month. I'm youngish (40s) for this op and fit and healthy otherwise. I am wondering what to expect in terms of activity i can do and just generally what 'state' i will be in the weeks post-op?

The main reason I am asking is that my employer has asked me to work from home for all/part of my recovery. I have been working from home since lockdown (I am a p/t office worker) due to having two kids aged 5 and 6 and no childcare. So it seems they are expecting me to continue this.

I will be signed off for 6 weeks and obviously cannot drive. I am also entitled to full pay during the sick leave so I will not lose out in this respect.

I am trying to understand if it is realistic to be expected to sit at a desk for 5-6 hours during those 6 weeks post-op or if they are being unreasonable expecting me to?

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    H Rayjay

    I had a partial knee replacement two years ago. Everyone recovers at their own rate. I was quite fit pre op. My knee started to give out due to osteoarthritis. I was in hospital for 2 nights and allowed home once i could manage the stairs on crutches. The op leg felt amazingly strong right away. you can put weight on it more or less straight away. I was on 2 crutches for about a week but by the start of week 2 I was down to one crutch. You get used to them quickly but I you'll need to keep your leg up until you're able to get it to bend. . I had a week off work (op was done on a Saturday and I Was home monday pm and back to working at home the following monday). It takes a few days to get feeling back in the leg and a few weeks in my case to get it to bend. whilst working from home I brought my computer downstairs and set it up on the kitchen table so could keep my op leg up on a chair. Going up and downstairs was slow and cumbersome til i got rid of the crutches and was still slow after until the knee got to bend. The op was on my left knee so I could drive after about 4 weeks as i have an automatic car. Hope this may help. I was 64 when i had the op so you may recover a lot faster than me. Make sure you start the exercises as soon as you can and keep them going. Good luck!

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      Thank you for this. A very informative answer. Not quite what I want to hear as I was hoping to tell work I would need the full six weeks at least lol. Glad you had a quick recovery though, i will need that with kids to look after too!

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    I wish you best of luck for your operation. I wonder how come you get to this situation to replace your knee? I strongly suggest you to have some kind of knee supporting pads so you could have external support for your week knees until you get well.

    Wish you a good health. Thanks

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