Looking ahead, your biggest question may be about what activities you will be able to do after your surgery.

In the first 6 weeks after joint surgery, you will be advised to avoid strenuous activities but will generally be allowed to walk and to ride the stationary bicycle as your strength permits.

Your surgeon will discuss your individual activity level with you, but after surgery there will be activities you should and should not do.

The following activities are encouraged for most recovering knee and hip replacement patients:

  • golf
  • bowling
  • hiking
  • dancing
  • swimming
  • low-resistance weight lifting
  • cross-country skiing
  • bike riding
  • low-key team sports such as softball

The following activities are not recommended, even when you are fully recovered:

  • contact sports such as basketball, football and hockey

  • high-impact aerobics, jogging and power lifting

It is important that you have realistic expectations, so discuss the activities you hope to participate in after surgery with your surgeon.