It is important to exercise after surgery to increase the strength and flexibility in your new knee and to help prevent blood clots. You may feel uncomfortable at first, but exercising will help you to get back to your normal everyday activities sooner.
Your healthcare team may suggest you add some or all of the following exercises to the ones you began at home before surgery. Start doing them only after you have been seen by your surgeon at your first follow-up visit after surgery. Continue the exercises you were doing before surgery. Your healthcare team will give you the elastic loop you need for some of the exercises. They will tell you how often to do the exercises, how many times to repeat each one, and how much force or pressure you can put on your new knee. You will steadily increase the number of times you exercise daily, how often you repeat each exercise, and the amount of pressure.
Do the exercises on both legs to make them equally strong and flexible. Do them slowly and with control. Make sure you do not force your new knee into a position that causes you pain or discomfort.
For more information, see: Knee Replacement Surgery
Last Revised: January 31, 2013
Author: Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute
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