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What can you expect after getting knee replacement surgery?

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You can usually expect huge improvements in pain and mobility after knee replacement. Most surgeons recommend you stay away from high-impact exercises like jogging or jumping rope, even if you did them before. Ask what other sports may be off-limits for you, too.

You’ll still have lots of ways to stay active. You can walk, swim, bike, do light hikes, and play doubles tennis. Weight training will give you stronger muscles and bones. Be sure to ramp up by doing more reps instead of adding heavier weights.

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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