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Knee Replacement

Getting Back To Your Normal Routine

Last modified: 
18/04/2012 - 16:54

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

  • The most significant feature following total knee replacement is relief from long-standing pain of arthritis.
  • Most individuals proclaim they have dramatically improved by about six weeks, however progress continues well beyond that point.

Here are several guidelines to follow when returning to work and recreational activities:


  • A sedentary or less physically demanding job may be encouraged 3 to 6 weeks after surgery.
  • More vigorous activities requiring prolonged walking, standing and lifting may require up to 3 months recovery.
  • At times, some types of work may not be advised following total knee replacement. These may include construction, carpentry, high climbing including ladders. However, for specifics, this should be discussed at length with your surgeon.

Sports and exercise

By three months there is a dramatic improvement and the following activities are encouraged:

  • General walking
  • Bicycling
  • Swimming
  • Golfing
  • Tennis

At six months to a year individuals normally do well enough to a point where they may even forget they had the surgery performed.

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