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What level of activity can I anticipate following a total joint replacement?

Current procedures allow most patients to be active around the house within 7-10 days after surgery. There is variability with swelling and pain; some patients recover quickly while others require more time and care. Following recovery and rehabilitation, there are no restrictions with normal, day-to-day activities including walking, easy hikes, gardening, exercise classes, biking, swimming, golf, fishing, and ā€œsocial games of tennis.ā€ More vigorous activities such as hiking in steep terrain, skiing, softball, and basketball involve a higher degree of risk with potential for accelerating wear of the artificial joint components. Patients may still perform these higher-risk activities, but they may shorten the life of their joint replacement.

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