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Exercises After Surgery

  • Returning to normal movement is important after surgery. If you have problems moving, your doctor can refer you to a physiotherapist.
  • Begin the following exercises 1 day after surgery. The exercises should be done 3 times a day until you have full movement.
  • If pain is stopping you from doing your exercises, use your pain medication 30 minutes before exercising.
  • It is normal to feel a gentle stretch while exercising but you should not feel a sharp pain.
  • Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing while doing the exercises

The following exercises will help you recover from surgery.

  • They help with healing by keeping your legs moving and strong.
  • They help prevent blood clots.
  • It is also important to go for short walks every day after your surgery.

1. Ankle Pumps

ankle pumps

  • Sit or lie on your back.
  • Bend and straighten your ankles keeping your knees straight.
  • Repeat 5 to 10 times.

2. Knee Bends

knee bends

  • Lie on your back.
  • Bend and straighten your leg on the side you had surgery.
  • Repeat 5 to 10 times.

3. Hip Abduction

hip abduction

  • Lie on your back.
  • Keeping your leg straight, bring the one where you had the surgery out to the side as far as you can move.
  • Return to the start position.
  • Repeat 5 to 10 times.

4. Leg Squeeze

leg squeeze

  • Lie on your back.
  • Tighten all the muscles in your legs at the same time.
  • Hold for 3 seconds and then relax.
  • Repeat 5 to 10 times.

5. Leg Raises

leg raises

  • Lie on your back with your legs out in front of you.
  • Place a rolled towel under your knee.
  • Bend and straighten your knee and push it down against the towel.
  • Hold for 3 seconds and then relax.
  • Repeat 5 to 10 times.

When can I return to my regular exercise routine?

  • You can start or return to your exercise program 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
  • Start back slowly and gradually.
  • Being active helps with your recovery from surgery.

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