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 Protecting Your Knee

Man holding knee

A key part of a good recovery will be to follow the list of recommendations you will receive while you are in hospital after your knee replacement surgery.

Follow these three rules to protect your knee and help your muscles heal and work well after your knee replacement surgery.

You should follow these rules for six to eight weeks after knee replacement surgery, or until your doctor tells you to stop.

Rule # 1

DO move your knee often. Do the exercises your therapist has taught you. You will be encouraged to bend your knee.

Rule #2

DO NOT put a pillow or support under your operated knee. Pillows and supports cause the muscles and ligaments to shorten, making it difficult to straighten your knee.

Rule #3

Avoid twisting do not have your feet planted on the floor and be twisting your upper body out of line with your lower body.