Q: When will I be able to resume my regular activities?
A: While joint replacement recovery varies with age, overall health, and lifestyle, most patients should be able to resume normal activities between two and six weeks after surgery. Activities such as golf, tennis, and swimming may be resumed as directed by your surgeon. Your doctor can give you a joint replacement recovery timeline designed just for you.
Q: How do I care for my new joint?
A: Follow all instructions from your orthopedic surgeon. In general, the following guidelines will help with your joint replacement recovery:
Q: How much exercise is too much?
A: During your joint replacement recovery, strengthening exercises are important. If you notice increased joint swelling, decreased joint movement, or continuous pain following exercise, you should notify your surgeon or physical therapist. Muscle soreness, however, is expected following exercise.
Q: Is there any special long-term care required with my new joint?
A: Following your joint replacement recovery you may be advised by your doctor to follow these recommendations:
Your joint replacement recovery timeline will be unique to you. And the life of any implant will depend on weight, age, activity level, and other factors.
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