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Knee Replacement & Rahabilitation


Q. What activities can I participate in once I recover? What should I avoid?

After you fully recover from knee replacement surgery, you may be able to enjoy many activities that you have given up because of your knee pain. However, not all activities are recommended for knee replacement patients, so please talk to your orthopaedic surgeon for advice.

Activities you may be able to pursue (not a complete list):

Bike riding
Moderate hiking
Doubles tennis
Swimming (once your incision has completely healed)

Activities you should avoid (not a complete list):

Team sports
High-impact aerobics
Downhill skiing
Moving or lifting heavy objects
Any other high-impact sport that may cause knee stress
Singles tennis

Q. Will I feel my knee implant during daily movements?

It varies from person to person, but expect your knee to feel a little different than your natural knee. You have a new device made of plastic and metal that has replaced the largest joint in your body–it’s only normal for it to feel a little different.


Q. What are the safest sleeping positions?

You can safely sleep in just about any position that is most comfortable for you, whether it be on your back, on your stomach, or on your side.


Q. Can I have an MRI after my knee replacement surgery?

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is used as a diagnostic tool for many types of medical conditions. People with knee replacement implants, however, may not be able to have an MRI due to the metal contained within their implant. Check with your doctor to learn more about whether or not you can have an MRI. For more information, visit www.mrisafety.com.


Q. When can I resume sexual activity?

Sexual activity can be resumed at any time as long as all knee precautions mentioned by your surgeon are kept in mind.


Q. Do I need to take any precautions before future medical procedures?

From now on, you must inform any doctors (including dentists) treating you that you have undergone knee replacement surgery. More than likely, antibiotics will be prescribed to avoid infection


Q. I live by myself. Whom can I turn to for help during recovery and rehabilitation?

You will likely need assistance with your daily activities for several days to a few weeks following your knee replacement surgery. If you live alone, speak with your surgeon about being admitted to a rehabilitation facility for at least a few days following your surgery so you can get the assistance you need.


Q. Where can my caregiver find more information?

Understanding your caregiver’s role is very important to your successful knee replacement surgery. More information can be found for caregivers at www.kneereplacement.com or www.strengthforcaring.com.


Q. Where can I find more information?

For more detailed information on your knee implant, as well as recovery and rehabilitation information, visit www.kneereplacement.com.


Important safety information

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of a knee replacement depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks, and recovery takes time. People with conditions that limit rehabilitation, should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if knee replacement is right for you.

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