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Next Steps

Are you getting a new knee? Here are a few things to know:

  • Make plans for help. You won't be able to drive or get around for several weeks, so you'll need help with errands and everyday chores. A support system will be very important, Lajam says. "I ask people: Do you have pets? Do you have stairs? Who does your shopping? Think about these things now so you're not worrying about your cat when you're trying to recover."
  • Plan to make changes. Keep up with your physical therapy so your joint and muscles get strong and heal. Even after you recover from surgery, you may have to make a few lifestyle changes. If your weight wasn't healthy before, it's a good idea to get fit. A healthy diet and exercise should be key now.