Sleeping Positions after a Total Knee Replacement

Hi my favorite readers! Some of you have asked me about  sleep positions  after a total knee replacement. Well, for myself, it took a good two months before I could turn over onto my side. Until then, I slept on my back.

When sleeping on my side, I still place a pillow between my legs and it eases most of the discomfort.  You may be different.

No matter what sleep positions after a total knee replacement I use, it’s still painful on my surgery leg. That is due to my having severe neuropathy (nerve damage) caused from the bone spurs I had prior to my surgery.   That will always happen.

Hope this tkr writing helps others going through the same thing. Rated as a popular knee forum and one of the best of tkr blogs, you are more than welcome to place your comment below.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

11 thoughts on “Sleeping Positions after a Total Knee Replacement”

  1. There’s some intereting videos on modern knee replacement surgeries you can watch
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    Very enlightening. Especially the one by the doctor who demonstrates how the surgeries are done.

  2. Warning – DO NOT PUT A PILLOW ANYWHERE NEAR YOUR KNEE FOR COMFORT AFTER A KNEE REPLACEMENT. I did this and it was one of the contributing factors to me having to get my knee manipulated under anaesthetic after 6 weeks (The doctor actually asked me if I was sleeping with a pillow around my knee for comfort and he said this should not be done!)

  3. Hi Katy,
    Sorry to hear about your knee manipulation. That has to be tough.
    I agree with not using a pillow for the first three months after a tkr. It’s far too painful and ineffective. After that…
    This just proves everyone is different. I have had no problem with using a pillow in various ways for my tkr recuperation (after the first three months) and it has been 19 months since my tkr.
    Good luck!

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  5. I too had adhesions and a manipulation after my total knee replacement. I understand the adhesions are created by the body’s “fast healing” after a traumatic surgery. After the manulipulation, healing range of motion is 125 within two weeks! I did sleep with the pillow because the rehab center that provided my care ‘gave me permission’ for comfort! I feel the comfort and ability to get to sleep is very important. When I wake up during the night…the pillow is usually on the side of my sleeping position!

  6. It has been one month since I had a cobalt total knee replacement. The key to success, according to my orthopedic surgeon was to exercise and build strength in the knee prior to surgery. I worked out and exercised every day for 6 weeks prior to surgery. It has now been one month and one day after surgery and I am walking without a cane up to two miles and doing physical therapy. I do have pain at night, but that is diminishing. I too use a towel to cushion the knee, but am able, finally, to sleep on my side.

  7. I am planning on a left knee replacement this summer I am planning ahead how to adjust my bedroom for ease of access to my bed. Will I be sleeping on the left side or right side of the bed…Put my good leg in first, then lift the new knee or vice versa? Thank you for any advice.

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