Good Morning,…..I had my right knee replaced January 2019. I had PT at home for the first week and a half and then went to outpatient PT the following week…..Luckily my cousin was around and could bring me back and forth 3x a week. I was told I wouldn't be able to drive for one month, and my Doctor said when I felt I could drive, I should go to a big parking lot, drive around and be able to slam my foot on the brake as if I was stopping in an emergency. By the time 3 weeks was over, I felt well enough to give it a shot, which I did, and I have been driving ever since. You will know when you feel you are ready to drive. Don't push it and please consider the instructions my doctor told me. Luckily I live fairly rural and finding a parking lot that wasn't busy was easy. I wish you the best of luck in your surgery and recovery. Do, do, do the exercises no matter how much they hurt! If my pt at home told me to do them twice a day, I did them three times…..NOT always easy, but I feel it was essential for my recovery. Take the drugs they give you about an hour before PT. I found after a week, I did NOT need anything to help me sleep, but I still took my drugs before PT..
If you are alone, it might be a good thing to cook and prep meals that you can freeze and pull out whenever you need them. I know I didn't have a huge appetite for the first week following surgery. I also would recommend getting a toilet seat riser and a leg lifter. You can get them fairly inexpensively at Amazon. They both helped me immensely.