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Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure where the damaged bone and cartilage are removed and replaced with specially designed metal and plastic parts. While the recovery time for this procedure can vary from patient to patient, you can help speed it up by performing several strengthening exercises in the weeks leading up to your knee replacement.

Adopting a regular exercise program prior to your knee replacement can make your recovery much more manageable. This will not only strengthen the muscles surrounding your knee but also help you properly support your new joint.

Our experts suggest performing the following exercises one to two times a day, every day leading up to surgery:

Ankle Circles: While lying on your back, bend your ankles up, pulling your toes toward you, then circle your ankles—both clockwise and counterclockwise—five times each.

Knee Bends: While sitting on a chair, bend your knee back as much as you can. Hold for five seconds, then return to the starting position and relax. Repeat five times for each knee.

Sitting Kicks: While sitting on a chair, straighten your knee as much as possible while lifting your leg in front of your body. Hold for five seconds, then slowly lower your leg and relax. Repeat five times for each knee.

If you have questions about how to prepare for your knee replacement or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with a joint replacement surgeon at EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division, call (828) 537-4032 or request an appointment online.