Stepping into a new chapter of life after a robotic knee replacement surgery is both exciting and challenging. One of the main questions patients have after the procedure is how they can safely and effectively return to their exercise routine.
Robotic knee replacement doesn’t mean stopping exercise — in fact, physical activity is encouraged as part of your rehab. But it might mean switching workouts that lessen the impact.
Why Tweaking Your Exercise Routine Matters
Jumping right back into high-intensity sports after a knee replacement can speed up the wear and tear on the new components, potentially leading to another surgery. However, having a knee replacement doesn’t mean giving up exercise completely. You just need to find a gentler workout and carry out adapted exercises to minimise impact on the knee.
With more younger patients undergoing a knee replacement than ever before, adapted workouts become critical. The exercises you can do will also depend on the type of knee replacement you have undergone. For example, if you undergo a partial knee replacement, you may be able to get back to more intensive exercise compared to if you had undergone a total knee replacement.
The Best Exercises to Adopt After a Robotic Knee Replacement
Surgeons often urge those who’ve had a robotic knee replacement to stay active, highlighting the benefits of exercises that are gentler on the joints. Some top recommendations include taking brisk walks, tennis, swimming, working out on an elliptical machine, cycling, and gentle hikes or even downhill skiing.
While high-impact sports like marathon running can be challenging on a new knee, many passionate athletes may find it hard to let go. The key is to strike a balance and listen to your body. If you push yourself too hard, you could end up needing another surgery on your knee.
Always Follow Your Robotic Knee Surgeon’s Advice
When it comes to the type of exercise you should do and how long you should do it for, your surgeon will have the best advice. They can come up with a plan to suit your needs, based upon your individual case.
Robotic knee surgeon Mr Jonathon Webb will provide comprehensive aftercare instructions to help ensure a smooth and successful recovery. He’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about getting back to exercise after a robotic knee replacement, as well as advise you on any custom exercise you may find beneficial. Schedule an appointment now to learn more.