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My daughter is going to have her first baby in about three months. I'm scheduled for a total knee replacement next week. Will I be recovered enough to help when the baby comes?

Several studies have been done to help chart the course of patients with total knee replacement (TKRs). Most of the research shows that patients make the greatest strides in recovery during the first nine weeks. That's just about the time you'll be heading off to help your daughter.

A home program of exercise usually continues for another three months. Many patients have reached close to their full recovery potential at the end of six months. With persistence and hard work, further improvements can be made. Most often, it's the older athlete who pushes through to this level.

Improved joint motion and decreased pain make it possible for the average TKR patient to resume normal walking by the end of 12 weeks. Getting up to speed and walking distance can take up to six months.

One predictor therapists and patients can rely on is the patient's functional status before surgery. The better your motion, strength, and function before surgery, the greater your chances for maximum improvement after the operation.

By the time the baby comes, you should have a good idea of your abilities and limitations. Pace yourself. Don't take on more than you can handle. Keep up your daily exercise program. These three simple steps can help you recover quickly and make it possible to resume your daily activities.


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