After Knee Surgery


After surgery, you will be supervised to walk with the physiotherapist withing 24 hours of your surgery. The physiotherapist will guide you through progressing with walking aids. You will be discharged with crutches. You may cease using crutches when you feel safe, which will likely take several weeks.


The physiotherapists will provide you with an exercise program prior to discharge. It is important to do these exercises frequently, but also important to not overdo these. Excessive activities may lead to swelling and pain.


You will be provided with a prescription for pain relief. It is important you take these as required. In addition, you will need blood thinning medications for several weeks following your surgery, which will also be provided. It is generally safe to resume all your usual medications immediately after surgery.


The surgical wound will be closed with absorbable sutures, so there is no need to remove sutures. The dressing covering your knee is waterproof, so you may shower after surgery. We recommend the dressing is removed by your local doctor at 2 weeks following surgery.

Provided there are no wound issues at this time, the wound may get wet in the shower. We recommend to cover the wound for hydrotherapy sessions for up to 6 weeks.

It is normal to have swelling and some warmth in the knee for several months following surgery.

If you have any wound issues (redness, discharge, excessive heat), please call our office immediately.


You may drive when you cease taking medications that impair your driving ability. It is important to feel safe, and we recommend a cautious return with supervision when returning to driving.


As your strength and mobility improve, you may return to exercises when you feel comfortable. Walking, stationary bike and swimming are all encouraged in the first few weeks after surgery. More intense activities will take longer before you feel comfortable. Remember the replaced knee may always feel different to your biological knee, and it is not uncommon to hear or feel a clicking sound for several months. High level activities such as running are allowed, although may lead to excessive wear.

Return to Work

You may return to sedentary work as soon as you feel comfortable. We recommend giving yourself plenty of time to recover, with a gradual return as you feel comfortable. For more strenuous work, we recommend avoiding any heavy lifting, climbing, or activities that put the joint under heavy load for at least 8 weeks.

Although you may kneel, most people find this uncomfortable for several months.


We recommend deferring any non-urgent travel for at least 6 weeks following surgery, in order to minimise the risk of blood clots. Please discuss your travel plans following surgery with Dr Gupta and his team, and we can advise you for recommendations when travelling.

It is likely you will set off metal detectors at airport security, and we recommend loose clothing at the airport.

Knee Precautions

There are usually no restrictions with your knee positioning after surgery. It is important to work on knee flexion, but not to overdo things. It is safe to kneel after the wound has healed, although you may feel an abnormal sensational. Numbness at the front of the knee is to be expected, and this diminishes over time.

Dr Sanjeev Gupta Orthopaedic Surgeon

Follow-Up Appointments

We will review you between 6 to 8 weeks following surgery. At this visit a further X-ray will be performed to check the prosthesis. There is no fee for this appointment, and no referral is required. If you live outside of Sydney, this appointment can be done via telehealth. A routine surveillance is usually done at one year, unless there are other issues. This will be discussed at your first post-operative visit.

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