Watch as our patient’s talk about the post-surgical process and how they are asked to get up and walk just hours after knee replacement surgery. During surgery patients receive a femoral nerve block, which greatly reduces the pain during the first 24-48 hours post surgery. Dr. Todd Dietrick, our orthopedic surgeon, explains how the recovery from knee replacement surgery is far more complicated than the recovery from a hip replacement. Managing pain with oral medications and icing the knee play key role in the first few weeks after surgery. Again, the key to recovery is getting up and walking as much as possible. Most patients are not ready for out-patient physical therapy for at least two weeks after surgery.