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The prosthesis of the knee: and after?

After the installation of a knee prosthesis, it takes approximately one month to obtain a correct recovery of the joint and its mobility. That said, the "break-in" of the prosthesis lasts about six months.

The good results are judged on the disappearance of the pain, and the hindrance to the march. In fact, it all depends on the condition of the knee before the procedure. If the tendons or ligaments were very damaged by congenital deformity, for example, or by poor walking habits related to pain, recovery may be worse.

We can consider resuming a reasonable sport activity provided that we avoid contact sports, rugby or football ... Impact or pivot sports: tennis, running, or skiing for example, may be allowed in certain case. Each patient must talk to their surgeon. The goal of setting up a knee prosthesis is the resumption of a life without limitation of market, nor of activity, but also without excessive sporting ambition.

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Author: Sylvie Charbonnier.
Expert consultant: Professor Thierry Judet, hospital surgeon, university professor, head of the department of orthopedics at the Raymond Poincaré center in Garches (Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris). Member of Sofcot.

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