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Most knee replacements last for up to 20 years. Total knee replacements tend to last longer than partial knee replacements. How long they last can depend on things like how active you are and your weight, which can affect the stress on your knee joint.
It’s best not to do any high-impact exercises, heavy lifting, or contact sports, which can weaken your new knee joint. These include tennis, running, squash and skiing. Swimming is fine but don’t do breast stroke for the first three months as this puts pressure on your knees.
See our Recovery for knee replacement surgery section for more information.
Aim to be as fit and healthy as possible before your operation to help to speed up your recovery. If you smoke, try to stop, because it will help you to recover from the operation more quickly. Prepare your home too, for example, rearrange your furniture to make it easier to move around when you get home.
See our Preparation for a knee replacement section for more information.
You’ll usually need to wait at least 12 weeks after knee replacement surgery until you can fly. And it’s important to wear flight socks. Ask your surgeon, if you’re planning to travel, to find out what’s right for you.
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