The recovery time from a knee replacement procedure varies for each patient based on the patient’s overall health, type of procedure, and activity level prior to surgery.
When the procedure is complete and patients have returned home, they must commit to an extensive rehabilitation regimen. Over the course of six to eight weeks, joint replacement patients progress from small movements, such as stiff leg lifts, to walking greater distances.
It is crucial to stay positive, take it slow, and work hard throughout knee replacement rehabilitation in order to return to an active lifestyle.
It’s important to consult with your surgeon before engaging in activity following your knee replacement procedure. After your surgeon has cleared you to return to activity, it may still take time before you’re able to return to high-impact exercise. You can still stay active with these low-impact exercises:
- Low-resistance rowing
- Skiing machines
- Walking & hiking
- Low-resistance weight lifting