I'm scheduled for a partial knee replacement next month to correct my bone-on-bone, arthritis-stricken right knee. I'm generally comfortable with the idea as I've gone through the less invasive procedures (cortisone shot, synthetic gel injection, arthroscopy). My question today is to those who've had this surgery. I'm living on my own and don't really want to be on narcotic-based pain killers without a "babysitter". My sons are going to serve that purpose for the first few days after surgery but I'll then want to recruit friends to stay over until I'm off those meds.
Long story short: To those of you who've had this kind of surgery: how long were you taking narcotic pain killers? Was this around the clock or only at night to aid in sleeping?
Thanks for your help!