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Life after replacement surgery

After surgery patients can walk, bike, swim, play golf, ski in moderation, play doubles tennis and perform other moderately strenuous activities. Remember, your knee replacement will not make you 18 again, you may still have some mild stiffness, decreased range of motion and limitations of your activity.

  • We generally do not recommend running for exercise after a knee replacement
  • We also discourage climbing high up on ladders after hip replacement.
  • Kneeling after a knee replacement should be done on a limited basis.
  • Patients may get into a pool or hot tub beginning 3-4 weeks after the surgery provided the incision is healed.
  • Your knee replacement has an approximately 85% chance of being intact and functioning after 15 years
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