Are there any sports I shouldn't do?
The healthcare team will tell you when you can return to normal activities.
Exercise and sport are recommended after knee replacement, apart from contact sports, which may weaken the cement and lead to loosening of the joint components. Recreational sports – including golf, tennis and skiing – will gradually become possible depending on how fit and sporty you were before the operation. Cycling is a very good way of building up strength and mobility after knee surgery.
What can I do to make my recovery easier?
It is important that you are as fit and healthy as possible before your operation. You can also prepare your home for when you return from hospital.
If you are overweight or obese, it increases your risk of complications during or after a knee replacement. So your surgeon might advise you to lose some weight before your operation.
It is also a good idea to exercise to prepare your upper body for using walking aids. And try to strengthen your leg muscles too, as it will help you recover. Ask your surgeon or physiotherapist for advice on the type of exercises to do.
Try to prepare your home for when you return from hospital. You could rearrange your furniture to make it easier to move around safely. And place items that you use often at arm level, so you do not have to reach for them. An occupational therapist is a good source of advice on aids for your home. Stock up on frozen or tinned food too so you do not need to go shopping immediately after your surgery. Or do an online shop to be delivered when you get home.
If possible, ask friends or family to stay with you for a couple of weeks after the operation to help you while you recover.