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What should I do to recover from knee replacement surgery?

Q) I had a full right knee replacement 13 months ago. I then fell on this about a month later and a repair had to be done. Since then I have not been able to go out without crutches.  It is not particularly painful and I feel the problem is psychological.  Can you give me any practical solution to this? Any advice you can give me will be very warmly welcomed or if you can suggest a medical professional who might be able to help? I am 78.
Josie, via email
(Winter 2015)

A) I’m sorry to hear of your predicament. New joints are always vulnerable to damage, and particularly so soon after being put in. The fall may have jeopardised the stability of the new joint but the surgery you had second time round should have corrected that. What you need now, I think, is some good physiotherapy to help you regain the function in your knee. You should perhaps check this with your surgeon but I am fairly confident that the situation can be improved. It may take a bit of time and some hard work.

This answer was provided by Dr Philip Helliwell for the Winter 2015 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.

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