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As with any major surgical procedure, recovery is crucial and a gradual increase in activity is suggested. However, how long must you wait to enjoy the activities you once did before your knee replacement?

Every patient is different, and his or her knee replacement recovery time will vary. When the surgery is complete and the patient has returned home, they must then commit to an extensive rehabilitation regimen. Over the course of six to eight weeks, the patient will progress from small movements, such as stiff leg lifts, to walking greater distances.

Dr. Rajesh B. Makim, F.A.A.O.S., sports medicine specialist at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron says, "Throughout rehabilitation, it is essential for patients to stay positive, take it slow, and work hard to obtain the ultimate goal of returning to an active lifestyle."

You should always consult a specialist at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron before engaging in an activity. Here are some low-impact exercise ideas to think about when recovering from a knee replacement:

  • Cycling
  • Calisthenics
  • Swimming
  • Low-resistance rowing
  • Skiing machines
  • Walking & hiking
  • Low-resistance weight-lifting

To consult with one of our doctors at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, please call (810) 985-4900 or click on the Appointment Request button.