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Life After Knee Replacement Surgery

Life After Knee Replacement Surgery

When will I be able to resume my regular activities?
Most patients should be able to walk without assistance and drive about six weeks after surgery. Activities such as golfing, playing doubles tennis and swimming may be resumed as directed by your surgeon.

How do I care for my new knee?

  • Follow all surgeon instructions

    Keep wound clean and dry

    Notify surgeon of any physical changes, including excess pain and swelling

    Fully participate in physical therapy and/or any exercises that your surgeon prescribes

  • Have regular checkups with your orthopedic surgeon

    How much exercise is too much?
    Strengthening exercises are important. If you notice increased joint swelling, decreased joint movement, or continuous pain following exercise, you should notify your surgeon and/or physical therapist. Muscle soreness is expected following exercise.

    What activities will I not be able to participate in after knee replacement surgery?
    You will be advised against participating in high-impact activities such as running, skiing, or playing basketball. These activities place extreme amounts of stress on the joints and may lead to implant damage.

    Is there any special long-term care with my new knee?

    Annual visits with your orthopedic physician

    Antibiotic therapy prior to any dental work or surgery

    Healthy lifestyle, including proper diet and exercise

  • Avoid high-impact activities

    The life of any implant will depend on your weight, age, activity level, and other factors. For more information on risks, warnings, and possible adverse effects, see the Patient Risk Information section found within Biomet.com.

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