Use crutches to help you walk for the first 6 or 7 weeks after receiving the implant. Walk as normally as possible with the crutches. However, place no more than 25% of your weight on the leg that received the implant. Let the crutches and your other leg hold the rest of your weight. After the first 3 weeks, or when directed by your doctor, you may gradually increase the amount of weight placed on the knee.
Check with your doctor right away if sharp pain occurs in the knee that received the implant, or if “locking” of the knee occurs.
After the implant surgery, your doctor will direct you to start a rehabilitation program that includes exercise. This program is a very important part of your treatment. You will be instructed to start out slowly and to increase gradually the number of times that you do each exercise. To get the most help from this program, it is very important that you follow the instructions as closely as possible. Do not do different exercises, and do not increase the number of times you do each exercise faster than directed. If pain or swelling occurs when you increase the amount of exercise you are doing, go back to the last level of exercise until the pain and swelling are gone, then try again. Use ice packs to help reduce the swelling.