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how long after total knee surgery should I wait before putting full weight on my new joint

By Anonymous December 22, 2015 - 7:33am
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Your orthopedic surgeon should have spoken with you about post-operative activity and limitations including full weight bearing.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, "Activity
Exercise is a critical component of home care, particularly during the first few weeks after surgery. You should be able to resume most normal activities of daily living within 3 to 6 weeks following surgery. Some pain with activity and at night is common for several weeks after surgery.

Your activity program should include:

A graduated walking program to slowly increase your mobility, initially in your home and later outside
Resuming other normal household activities, such as sitting, standing, and climbing stairs
Specific exercises several times a day to restore movement and strengthen your knee. You probably will be able to perform the exercises without help, but you may have a physical therapist help you at home or in a therapy center the first few weeks after surgery.

You will most likely be able to resume driving when your knee bends enough that you can enter and sit comfortably in your car, and when your muscle control provides adequate reaction time for braking and acceleration. Most people resume driving approximately 4 to 6 weeks after surgery."


December 22, 2015 - 9:34am
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