As others have said depends on your job. If you are on your feet quite a bit well it maybe awhile. If this is your first partial and once again depending on your job 3 months maybe. Trust me if you decide you have been home long enough and go back too soon your knee will let you know in no uncertain terms. Trust me you cannot rush your recovery all you can do to help is do your best at PT ice and elevate when it hurts take pain meds as described. Your recovery will be much quicker then mine my revision is 2 days after your partial.
Are you having a PKR or TKR, @TTBONE ? And which leg is it? If you'll tell us that, we will add it to your signature.
I see, from your 2014 threads,that you had a very physical job. If you still do, you should expect to take at lest 12 weeks off work, maybe even longer. You'll need to take just as long whether you have a TKR or a PKR. Recovery is no faster for a PKR.
If your surgeon is contemplating doing a PKR, do make sure that he/she is prepared to do a TKR instead, if he/she finds that your knee is in worse shape than expected - otherwise you could end up needing a Revision to a TKR in quite a short period of time.
I agree with Celle; plan on at least 12 weeks off; if you recover enough to go back sooner, that'll be great, but if not, you've planned for a longer recovery so there'll be no shock in needing the longer time. If it were me, and the OS agreed, I'd opt for a total rather than a partial. I've seen too many people who've opted for a partial only to need a total very soon after as the arthritis spreads into the other areas. And I only know of one or two people who had a partial that lasted long enough to have made it worthwhile to go for the partial. It does happen, but I've not seen or heard of many.
I’m a respiratory therapist , I’m on my feet all day with hardly a break. I did 7 miles the other day and came home crying in pain. My knee is swollen with an effusion and my limp is bad. I told work 6 weeks but have no idea. My Dr. said he would be ready for an TKR if I need it.
Thank you. Today was slow only did 4 miles, seem like 50 miles. This can’t come soon enough for me. But have to admit I’m starting to get scared. My father died 4 months ago post-op of Major pulmonary embolism.