Activities after Surgery

Activity Guidelines

As with any surgery, there are guidelines as to what activities you can participate in at certain times after surgery. For some individuals, some of the activities listed may never be appropriate for them to participate in. Please consult with your surgeon.

First six weeks

  • Walking with appropriate gait aid in and outdoors

    After knee surgery, you may begin:

  • Stationary upright or recumbent bicycle
  • Treadmill walking

After six weeks

  • Stationary upright or recumbent bicycle.
  • Treadmill walking.
  • Driving a car.
  • May begin gentle exercising in the water. Please discuss with your physiotherapist before attempting.

After 12 weeks

  • Golfing
  • Bicycling
  • Bowling
  • Water aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Rowing
  • Slow dancing
  • Gardening with assistive devices and stool

Long-term after surgery

  • Low impact aerobics
  • Ballroom, jazz and square dancing

With previous experience

  • Doubles tennis
  • Recreational ice skating or rollerblading
  • Recreational or light downhill skiing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Road cycling
  • Weight machines
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding

Activities to avoid

  • Do not lift objects more than 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • Avoid jogging, basketball or any sports that are high impact and involve twisting and pivoting on the new knee.
  • Avoid HEAVY weightlifting or training.