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Hip And Knee Ops - Motivation Is The Key To Recovery
How can you prepare for your knee or hip joint replacement?
·Lose any excess weight. Getting around will be difficult for a while after your operation, extra weight will just make the getting around even more difficult because it placs an extra strain on the damaged ligaments, muscles and tendons.
What can I expect?
·The operation is usually done under a general anaesthetic
How long do people take to recover?
·It varies from six months to three years because different peole have different levels of motivation and commitment
How can I shorten the recovery period?
·Have realistic expectations, that way you will not lose your motivation when you have a bad day
Will I make a full recovery?
·That depends, on your motivation, on any other joint problems you have and on your expectations. You will be able to do more exercise than before your operation, provided you do all the physiotherapy and exercises you are given. You will need a walking frame, or two sticks to walk for a time. After six months some, highly motivated, people walk with one stick. You will be able to go up and down stairs that you could not manage before.
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