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How can exercise help prepare for your knee replacement surgery?

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Try to get in better shape before your surgery if you can. You’ll recover more quickly if you're physically fit. Ask your doctor which exercises you should do before the operation. Working your arms and upper body, for example, will make it easier for you to get around on crutches or a walker. If you’re heavy, aim to drop some weight to lighten the stress on your knees.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery," "Activities After a Knee Replacement," "Total Knee Replacement," "Is Hip Replacement Surgery for You?"

Matthew Austin, MD, spokesman, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; orthopedic surgeon, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Joint Replacement Surgery."

Tariq Nayfeh, MD, PhD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: "Preparing for Knee Replacement Surgery."

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery," "Activities After a Knee Replacement," "Total Knee Replacement," "Is Hip Replacement Surgery for You?"

Matthew Austin, MD, spokesman, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; orthopedic surgeon, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Joint Replacement Surgery."

Tariq Nayfeh, MD, PhD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: "Preparing for Knee Replacement Surgery."

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

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