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  1. Causey-Upton, Renee
  2. Howell, Dana M.
  3. Kitzman, Patrick H.
  4. Custer, Melba G.
  5. Dressler, Emily V.


Total knee replacement (TKR) surgery has been found to achieve positive outcomes for many patients such as reduced pain and increased function. However, some patients experience suboptimal outcomes including falls, readmission to hospital, and reduced functional performance. Preparation for discharge after TKR surgery is often defined related to pain control, walking, knee function, and ability to climb stairs. These measures may not fully encompass aspects of recovery that impact patients' readiness for discharge after surgery. The purpose of this article is to review discharge readiness following TKR surgery and discuss factors that are known to impact preparedness for discharge.