Getting Back to Normal

If your surgery and rehabilitation have gone well, by the end of three months you should be coping well with most normal activities. Best of all, the disabling pain in your hip or knee which led you to have the surgery should no longer be a problem.

The following information, including photos and video clips, is meant to reassure you and to help you return to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible:

During the First Three Months
Getting Back to Work
Leisure and Sports Activities
A Few Words About Sex

Tips for Everyday Living

Going up and down
Going up and down

Secure your stair railings at home. Limit your stair climbing to one round trip per day if possible and always hold onto the railing to keep your balance.

Sitting down and getting up
Sitting down and getting up

Chairs with arms are ideal for people recovering from joint replacement surgery because they can make it easier to lower and raise yourself in a controlled way.

Getting in and out of bed
Getting in and out of bed

Getting in and out of bed can be difficult while recovering from joint replacement surgery. Take control with these tips.

Having a bath
Having a bath

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re feeling unsteady or anxious about getting in and out of the tub. A walk-in shower may be a better option until you feel more confident.

Having a shower
Having a shower

Things to consider when showering after your surgery.

Using the toilet
Using the toilet

A raised toilet seat with arms can make a huge difference after joint replacement surgery.

Getting dressed
Getting dressed

Stay safe while dressing with these therapist-approved tips.

Putting on shoes and socks
Putting on shoes and socks

Bending to put on socks and shoes after knee or hip replacement surgery can be tricky. Here are some tips from therapists to make sure you stay safe.

Driving and car travel
Driving and car travel

Find out when you are road ready after joint replacement surgery.

Going back to work
Going back to work

Have the discussion about “modified” work with your employer.