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Patient care plan for knee replacement surgery

  • A smooth and speedy recovery depends on your help and cooperation. Your participation is essential in reaching your goal to return home and avoid complications.

    Many patients wonder how long they will need to stay in the hospital after surgery. Your health care team will work with you to determine discharge and home care needs.

  • A standard hospital care plan

    Your hospital stay will follow a standard care plan.

    The progress you make toward going home will be measured by how you meet the daily goals outlined in the plan.

    These goals include pain management, activity and preventing complications (problems).

    In general, the following is what you can expect during your hospital stay of three to four days. You will be discharged by 11 a.m. the day you leave the hospital. Your health care team may suggest changes unique to your recovery.

    expand to learn moreHospital day 1 (day of surgery)

    expand to learn moreHospital day 2 (first day after surgery)

    expand to learn moreHospital days 3 and 4 (second and third days after surgery)