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Resuming Normal Activities

  • Work: Depending upon the physical demands of the job, work may be resumed any time you feel comfortable. It takes four to six weeks to be able to return to a relatively sedentary job and longer if your job has physical requirements.
  • Driving: Driving may be resumed four to six weeks following surgery when you feel you have the strength to meet the demands of controlling the vehicle. We would recommend that you drive the car up and down the driveway and practice moving your feet from accelerator to brake. Make sure you are able to do this quickly and safely.
  • Marital Relations: Sexual incercourse may be resumed at any time.
  • Sports Activities: Remember that your new joint is artificial and although made of extremely durable materials, is subject to wear and tear. We encourage you to be active in order to control your weight and muscle tone. This will help prolong the life of the prosthesis. You should not begin any exercises, other than those prescribed, for several months, and then you should limit them to low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming or bicycling. Jogging, high-impact aerobics, and sports that may result in a joint injury should be avoided. Golf may be gradually resumed. Although tennis is discouraged, a number of patients have successfully returned to doubles play.

Sections of the booklet

The History of Total Knee ReplacementThe History of Total Knee ReplacementThe History of Total Knee Replacement
When is Knee Replacement Necessary?When is Knee Replacement Necessary?When is Knee Replacement Necessary?
What is Total Knee Replacement?What is Total Knee Replacement?What is Total Knee Replacement?
Your EvaluationYour EvaluationYour Evaluation
Deciding on SurgeryDeciding on SurgeryDeciding on Surgery
Proceeding to Knee ReplacementProceeding to Knee ReplacementProceeding to Hip Replacement
What About Blood Donations?What About Blood Donations?What About Blood Donations?
Your Hospital AdmissionThe History of Your Hospital AdmissionThe History of TotYour Hospital Admission
Your Anesthesiologist Your Anesthesiologist Your Anesthesiologist
Vascular ImagingVascular Imaging Vascular Imaging
What is an Operative Permit?What is an Operative Permit? What is an Operative Permit?
The Day of Your SurgeryThe Day of Your Surgery The Day of Your Surgery
If You Experience PainIf You Experience PainIf You Experience Pain
Your Physical TherapyYour Physical Therapy Your Physical Therapy
Going Home After Total Joint ReplacementGoing Home After Total Joint Replacement Going Home After Total Joint Replacement
Follow Up Doctor AppointmentFollow Up Doctor AppointmentFollow Up Doctor Appointment
Infection PrecautionsInfection PrecautionsInfection Precautions
Resuming Normal ActivitiesResuming Normal ActivitiesResuming Normal Activities
In SummaryIn SummaryIn Summary
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