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After Total Knee Replacement

Instructions after Total Knee Replacement by Dr. Harwin

To the Physical Therapist: Please direct most of your efforts to increasing the range of motion. Dr. Harwin encourages return to normal activities as soon as possible.

  • Try to resume a normal walking pattern as soon as you can
  • You may put as much weight on the leg as you feel possible
  • Switch to a cane as soon as you are comfortable and secure
  • You may go outside and resume normal activities as soon as you can

After Total Knee Replacement

For the first 6 weeks after your surgery…

  • The most important part of physical therapy is to…
    • Achieve extension of 0° (the knee must straighten fully)
    • And to get more than 90° of flexion (to bend more than a right angle)
  • Never put a pillow under the knee…put a rolled towel under the ankle
    • We want the knee as straight as possible, but also you must…
    • Bend the knee past a right angle several time a day
  • Do not begin exercises with weights until told to do so by Dr. Harwin
  • Physical Therapist: Call Dr. Harwin if motion is not achieved

For any questions or clarifications, call Dr. Harwin's office.

By Dr. Steven Harwin