On the second day after surgery

By the second day, you’ll begin walking longer distances using crutches or a walker. Your surgeon will decide how much weight you are able to take through your new joint. They may advise you that you can put all of your weight in the operated leg. Your physiotherapist will progress your ability by teaching you how to walk with elbow crutches or frame and safely get in and out of bed, on and off a chair, in and out of a car and up and down stairs. You may also attend a group exercise program in hospital.

Rehabilitation during your hospital stay

Rehabilitation during your hospital stay

On the day of surgery

It may come as a surprise to you that after total joint replacement surgery you’ll be encouraged tobegin physiotherapy almost straight away. When you have woken, your physiotherapist will help you move from your hospital bed to a comfortable chair.

You’ll be encouraged to get up and start moving around as soon as possible, even on the same day, depending on your surgeon and how quickly you are recovering.

Most patients who undergo total hip or knee replacement begin standing and walking with the help of a walking support and a physiotherapist by the next day.

For more information on how to recover and regain mobility, settling in at home and what to expect for your recovery, go here.

Next Steps

Contact your GP or health professional to discuss your options