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Survey of Surgeon Recommendations for Activity After Joint Replacement

By March 4, 2009

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A recent survey of orthopedic surgeons found some consensus about recommendations for activities after joint replacement surgery. The survey was distributed at the 2007 American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons annual meeting. Surgeons were asked to indicate their usual recommendations to patients who have undergone hip and knee replacement. The findings were as follows:
  • Most surgeons allowed unrestricted low-impact activity, including swimming, walking, golf, and cycling.

  • About 3/4 of surgeons discouraged jogging or "difficult" skiing after hip replacement

  • Tennis recommendations were mixed, but most felt doubles was OK, and singles tennis should be avoided
About the only thing everyone agreed on, was that there was little scientific basis for making these recommendations. You should discuss with your doctor what activities are OK after your joint replacement.

Related: Activities and Sports After Knee Replacement | Knee Replacement Surgery | Hip Replacement Surgery

Sources: Rogers, C "Survey: Unlimited low-impact activity 'OK' after TJR" AAOSNow Jan 2009, Vol3, No 1. Page 1.

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These are great points! It also illustrates the need for clearer guidelines for individuals who require this sort of procedure, yet still want to remain active

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