How Painful Is Knee Replacement Surgery?

Typically, knee replacement surgery hurts more than hip replacement surgery (sorry, knee people). After surgerypain is no longer achy and arthritic but stems from wound healing, swelling and inflammation, Painswelling, and bruising are part of the natural recovery process.

Knee replacement surgery, unlike any other surgery, involves changing your body’s natural build system. Therefore, it is obvious that the body will take its time to cope with these changes. Time taken by your body can be a few months. This process is gradual and not immediate. There are several medications and physical therapy involved to make it a success. So yes, it may involve pain in your knee region. Pain can be during and after the surgery.

Operation and after

During the operation, the doctor will give you anesthesia to make sure you feel no pain. This can be general, epidural, or spinal. Once the operation is completed, the pain is the highest. The immediate pain is the most drastic after the anaesthesia’s effect ends the doctor may put Novocain in the knee to decrease this post-operation pain for a while.


Some general medications used to decrease pain are given below. These depend on the doctor to select the medications according to his patient’s conditions.

  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone

These drugs are not addictive and used for a short period. They eventually become bearable and the goal is to decrease the use of medications altogether.


Another issue along with pain is swelling. It is a normal part of the process and everyone faces it. It can last for 2-3 weeks. Nevertheless, there are no medications provided. This problem may be troublesome but the doctors’ advice various exercises to deal with it.

Take away

Knee replacement surgery Pain is different for every person. Every individual faces pain differently. And these problems discussed above a very subjective. This means that the problems you have extremely, might not be remotely visible in another patient. To discuss all your issues with your doctor and make sure you are taking the right medicine for your issue.

Dr. Neelabh is one of the top joint replacement surgeons in India. Patients from all over the world have taken his assistance. His work has been well renowned in countries like USA, Germany, Canada, and Australia. Feel free to reach him out for consultation and advice.

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