After a knee replacement, it is important to slowly build up your activity level; every patient is different, and your recovery time will vary. When the surgery is complete and you have returned home, you must commit to an extensive rehabilitation regimen. Over the course of six to eight weeks, you will 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 rehabilitation to obtain the ultimate goal of returning to an active lifestyle.
You should always consult with your surgeon before engaging in an activity. Here are some low-impact exercise ideas to think about when recovering from a knee replacement:
- Low-resistance rowing
- Skiing machines
- Walking and hiking
- Low-resistance weight lifting