You must use your walking aids until your healthcare team says you can stop. Most people need to use walking aids for the first 6 weeks after surgery.
Most people aren’t allowed to drive for 6 weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will tell you when it’s safe to drive. To drive safely, your strength and reflexes need to be as good as before your knee surgery. If you’re in an accident, your insurance may not cover you if you’re not safe to drive.
Your family doctor will be sent a report about your surgery and your recovery. You don’t need to follow-up with your family doctor unless your surgeon tells you to. If you have a concern or problem related to your knee surgery, call your Case Manager.
Be sure to tell your dentist or other healthcare providers that care for you that you had knee replacement surgery.
You shouldn’t travel long distances in the first 3 months after surgery. This is because sitting for too long while travelling increases the risk of blood clots. Speak with your Case Manager or surgeon about planned or unexpected travel you do in the 3 months after surgery.
When you can go back to work depends on how well and how quickly you heal after surgery and the kind of work you do. Your surgeon will tell you when you can go back to work.
Current as of: May 6, 2019
Author: Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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