Tell your families that this is what they did to you during surgery: 1. They gave you various types of anesthetics and more or less knocked you out. 2. They sliced you open (my incisions are about 9" in length.). 3. They sawed off two bones, and they were not gentle about it. 4. They pounded, grappled, and fitted you with your implants 5. They glued, possibly screwed your implants to your sawed-off leg bones 6. They closed you back up with sutures/staples/etc 7. The brought you our of the anesthetic 8. They made you walk on your BTKR or TKR within a day of surgery! I had arthroscopic surgery years prior to my BTKR, and I was really amazed at how great I felt---I had it on Thursday and on Monday I was ready to return to school. My BTKR recovery, though, was something else! I went back to the classroom at eight weeks post-BTKR and that was too early These are rather graphic, but you may also show them these pics: I apologize if these pics are too graphic, but I believe that many family members do not realize what will be done surgically to your knee or knees.