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What are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind if you have an artificial knee?

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Even if you’re able to return to full normal after your surgery, you’ll need to mind your artificial knee for the rest of your life. Avoid lifting anything more than 20 pounds. That can stress the joint too much. Don’t jerk the leg with the implant. Turn by taking small steps. Pivoting sharply -- your toes pointed in one direction and your thigh and upper body in another -- can damage the implant and wear it out sooner.

From: 7 Things to Know About Your New Knee WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “A Nation in Motion,” “Total Knee Replacement.”

American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons: “Resuming Sports After Knee Replacement,” “Will my artificial joint set off airport security metal detectors?”

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center: “Knee Replacement Exercise Booklet.”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “About Total Knee Replacement.”

Arthritis Research UK: “How Long Will the New Knee Joint Last?”

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research : “Pain Relief and Functional Improvement Remain 20 Years After Knee Arthroplasty.”

Transportation Security Administration: “Disabilities and Medical Conditions.”

American Dental Association: “Antibiotic Prophylaxis Prior to Dental Procedures.”

American Joint Replacement Registry: “Annual Report 2016.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Revision Total Knee Replacement: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).”

Journal of the American Dental Association : “Providing clarity on evidence-based prophylactic guidelines for prosthetic joint infections.”

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “A Nation in Motion,” “Total Knee Replacement.”

American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons: “Resuming Sports After Knee Replacement,” “Will my artificial joint set off airport security metal detectors?”

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center: “Knee Replacement Exercise Booklet.”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “About Total Knee Replacement.”

Arthritis Research UK: “How Long Will the New Knee Joint Last?”

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research : “Pain Relief and Functional Improvement Remain 20 Years After Knee Arthroplasty.”

Transportation Security Administration: “Disabilities and Medical Conditions.”

American Dental Association: “Antibiotic Prophylaxis Prior to Dental Procedures.”

American Joint Replacement Registry: “Annual Report 2016.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Revision Total Knee Replacement: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).”

Journal of the American Dental Association : “Providing clarity on evidence-based prophylactic guidelines for prosthetic joint infections.”

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

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