Depending on the speed of recovery, a knee surgery patient can resume normal walking activities within 7 to 11 weeks following the operation. It is generally advisable for the patient to utilize the artificial knee as soon as possible, notes Healthline.
Patients cannot normally walk by themselves within the first 24 hours of the knee procedure. Assistive devices, such as canes, walkers and crutches, provide the needed support to enable a patient to walk short distances on level surfaces. Three weeks after the surgery, the patient may enjoy longer walks with the guidance of a physical therapist.
Normal walking involves traveling on foot for several blocks without any assistive device, states Healthline. This usually occurs within 7 to 11 weeks of the rehabilitation process, which also signals the return to driving, shopping and housekeeping activities.