Whether you’re a professional athlete or you love to play sports in your spare time, you may be wondering how a robotic knee replacement will affect your performance. Is it safe to play sports after the procedure?
In a recent case study, Jonathan’s patient Jon Bentley explained that a desire to return to off-piste skiing and challenging climbs was the impetus to undergo a robotic knee replacement. Just thirteen weeks after his operation, he was able to complete a difficult climb, bending his leg to full extension and putting weight on it – something he was unable to do prior to his procedure.
In this blog, you’ll discover what you can expect during the rehabilitation period, and which sports you can safely enjoy after your recovery.
Can I Participate in Sports During the Rehabilitation Period?
Staying active after a robotic knee replacement can help to ensure a smooth recovery. Activities that promote motion, strength, and stability can accelerate the healing process. Here are some sports and exercises that can be particularly beneficial during the rehabilitation phase:
- Cycling: Gentle on the joints, it allows for a steady movement of the knees.
- Swimming: A non-weight bearing exercise that gives the whole body a workout without stressing the knee.
- Walking: Starting with short distances and gradually increasing can be therapeutic.
- Low resistance weightlifting: Builds muscle strength, aiding in knee support.
- Gym-based exercises: Incorporating squats, lunges, and cross-training can further enhance muscle tone and flexibility.
While the exercises above can be beneficial, it’s a good idea to speak to your surgeon to get an idea of what to expect.
Which Sports Can I Safely Play After a Robotic Knee Replacement?
After the recovery period, which typically takes three to six months, you should be able to return to most sports. If the sport doesn’t cause noticeable pain or swelling, there’s no reason why you can’t get back to it.
While gentler activities like golf, swimming, and racket sports are often favoured post-surgery, it is possible to take part in more intensive sports. Some patients even continue to run marathons with their new knee.
The key is to listen to your body. If it feels uncomfortable, don’t do it.
Can I Play High Impact Sports After a Robotic Knee Replacement?
It is possible to return to high-impact sports after a robotic knee replacement. However, keep in mind that it will wear the replacement down faster. Most knee replacements are now predicted to last for 25 years but playing high-impact sports could see you needing an additional replacement sooner.
It is important to discuss with your surgeon what you’re hoping to achieve after surgery, and they can give you a clearer idea of what to expect. To arrange a consultation with leading knee surgeon, Mr Jonathan Webb, contact us either at Bristol or London: