exercising before surgery


It is important to be as fit as possible before undergoing a total joint replacement. This will make your recovery much faster. Eight exercises are shown below that you should start doing now and continue until your surgery. You should be able to do them in 15-20 minutes, and it is recommended that you do all of them twice a day. It is not harmful for you to do more. Consider this as a minimum amount of exercise prior to your surgery.

Also, remember that you need to strengthen your entire body, not just your leg. It is very important that you strengthen your arms by doing the arm chair push-ups because you will be relying on your arms to help you get in and out of bed, in and out of a chair, walk, and to do your exercises post-operatively. Stop any exercises that are too painful.


Pre-op Exercise Plan

Exercise

Duration

Frequency

Ankle pumps

 

20 reps.

2 times/day

Quad sets

(knee push-downs)

10 reps.

2 times/day

Gluteal sets

(butt squeezes)

10 reps.

2 times day

Hip abduction and adduction           
(slide heel out and in)

10 reps.

2 times/day

Heel slides
(slide heel up and down)

20 reps.

2 times/day

Short arc quads

10 reps.

2 times/day

Long arc quads

 

10 reps.

2 times/day

Arm chair push-ups

 

5-10 reps.

2 times/day

 


 

 

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