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Hello, I am a PTA so I have patients who have had total knee replacement surgery all the time. After the 3 days (or more depending on the patient's pre/post surgical status, if they have pre surgical cardiac issues that may cause them to stay longer or other preexisting problems) in the hospital, going home is based upon the therapist's recommendation along with the doctor. If the patient does not have adequate help at home, then it would be better for them to go to a rehab hospital first, or if the patient is just not doing well in recovery (a lot of times this is due to preexisting issues-for example if a patient is very confused, not oriented and maybe has incontinence and is unable to fully participate in post surgical therapy activities in the hospital they would be a candidate for rehab based on that). However, if the patient goes home after the 3 days, they can get home health (I believe it is for a week) and then go to outpatient therapy. It sounds like your mom has a good support system, you asking these questions beforehand so that is good she will need you after this surgery. About the stairs, the shorter the step, the easier it will be for her to get up them so a 2 inch step will be better than a 6 inch for example (at first, it will be very difficult and she will need assistance everytime). But the stairs themself will not prevent her from going home if she has the help she needs. She will be working on climbing stairs, going down stairs in outpatient therapy to help her with that task since she does have steps at home. Anyway, if you have anymore questions please feel free to ask. good luck to you and your mom.

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