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What should I do before the knee replacement procedure?

It is highly recommended to try to get in shape before the knee replacement surgery so as to make your recovery faster.

To enjoy a faster recovery, you should do several things before you undergo knee replacement surgery, such as getting physically fit by working your arms and upper body in order to make it easier for you to walk on crutches.

Similarly, if you are overweight, you should try losing some pounds to avoid putting unnecessary stress on your body following the procedure. Your physician will show you what exercises you need to do in this respect.

Giving up smoking is another good idea, as smoking delays recovery significantly. Having a family member or a friend available to help you is also very useful since you will need assistance to perform certain tasks after the procedure. Finally, preparing your home so as to make it easy to get around is another thing you should do prior to knee replacement surgery.

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