Driving

Avoid driving until you feel it’s safe to – for you and other road users.

Some people feel confident to drive after a few weeks, but your surgeon may recommend at least six weeks’ recovery from your joint replacement before you attempt it. Check with your doctor first.

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What to expect after you fully recover

What to expect after you fully recover

Regaining your mobility after surgery

Most people who have joint replacement surgery experience a dramatic reduction in joint pain and a significant improvement in their ability to enjoy normal everyday life.

However, it’s important to remember replacement surgery doesn’t mean you can suddenly do more than you could before your problems developed. Your orthopaedic surgeon will recommend how much activity to attempt safely once you have fully recovered from joint replacement surgery.

Your physiotherapist will also work with you to help keep your new joint healthy for as long as possible. It is important to maintain a healthy weight.  It also may mean adjusting your activities to avoid putting too much strain on your joint. Depending on your job, you may also need to find ways to avoid the heavy demands of lifting, crawling and climbing.

Your physiotherapist may suggest avoiding certain activities altogether, including some athletics that may place excessive stress your new joint – including sports that require running, jumping, quick stopping or starting. However, they will often encourage you to do lower impact exercises, such as cycling, swimming, golfing, bowling and level walking.

The success of your joint replacement operation will depend on how well you follow your orthopaedic surgeon and physiotherapist’s instructions.   Recovery varies greatly based on an individual’s situation but most patients resume normal activities within 12 weeks following surgery.

For more information on what life will be like after recovery, ask your surgeon for a login to Strykercare Patient Resources.  You can read about:

  • What to expect after recovery
  • Types of activities you can get back to enjoying
  • Prolonging the life of your implant
  • Your questions answered
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Next Steps

Contact your GP or health professional to discuss your options