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Given that you were dealing with a bad knee for 20+ years, you probably need more time for it to get to 0. I would also think that having your hip replaced can only help.

Walking heel to toe, and taking a longer stride, if you can, can help gently stretch the back of the leg and improve extension over time.

In the early months I would be sitting on my couch with my legs up on an ottoman in front of me, and I would pushed the back of my knee down towards the couch. I didn’t use a rolled towel anywhere, just my leg, the couch and the ottoman, which was actually a couple of inches lower than the couch.

But I hadn’t really had any issues with extension before surgery, other than being in my 60s and not the least athletic. It wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t bother me and I didn’t even know what extension was until after my surgery when my surgeon kept checking it. I was never worried about my extension, it was my bend I was very concerned about.
 

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I agree with Jockette. It may take you longer than most people to achieve full extension, but I think you'll get there in the end, even if that's not until after your hip replacement.

Jockette has suggested the right things you can do to help improve your extension. This article may be helpful, too.
Extension: how to estimate it and ways to improve it
 

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