Exercise Guide For better Recovery After Total Knee Replacement

Written by Mr Bilal Barkatali

Exercise Guide For better Recovery After Total Knee Replacement


Hello and welcome to our blog about how to get the best out of your knee replacement and a better recovery.

Preparing for your surgery with strength exercises and improving your muscular health as well as cardio-vascular fitness can really help you get through your operation, with lower risks and better recovery.

What is Knee Replacement?

Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the damaged parts of the knee joint are removed and replaced with artificial parts, called prostheses. The goal of the surgery is to reduce pain and improve function in the knee.

An exercise plan before Total knee replacement surgery can greatly help your recovery

An exercise plan before total knee replacement surgery can be very beneficial for your recovery. By strengthening the muscles round your knee, you can improve your mobility and reduce pain after surgery. It's important to work with a physical therapist to develop a safe and effective exercise plan. They can help you choose exercises that are appropriate for your current level of function and can teach you proper form to prevent injury. Some common exercises that may be included in a pre-surgery exercise plan include leg presses, leg raises, and squats. It's important to follow your physical therapist's instructions and only do exercises that are comfortable and do not cause pain.


We would recommend exercises such as cycling and swimming as well as strength training (within the limits of pain). This will help build muscle around the knee as well as improve your heart and lung capacity, ready for the anaesthesia and the operation. This is known as“ pre-habilitation”.

What is the best exercise after knee replacement surgery?

After total knee replacement surgery, it's important to gradually start exercising to help with your recovery and to rebuild strength in your leg. Some exercises that may be recommended by your physical therapist include:

1.    Straight leg raises: Lie on your back and lift one leg straight up in the air, keeping your knee straight. Hold for a few seconds, then slowly lower your leg back down. Repeat on the other side.

2.    Heel slides: Lie on your back with your operated leg straight. Slowly bend your knee and slide your heel towards your buttocks. Straighten your leg and repeat.

3.    Partial squats: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips. Slowly bend your knees and lower your body a few inches, then push back up tothe starting position.

4.    Leg press: Use a leg press machine to press against resistance with your operated leg.

It's important to only do exercises that are comfortable and do not cause pain. Be sure to follow your physical therapist's instructions and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts as you get stronger.


A total knee replacement is a big operationand induces stress on the body. You can get the best results from your total knee replacement as well as lower your anaesthetic risk and quicker physical recovery by doing the appropriate “pre-habilitation” as well as post-op exercises and rehabilitation. Best of luck and do get in touch if you have any uestions!

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