Harvard Men's Health Watch

How to get ready for a new knee

To speed your recovery and return to daily activities as soon as possible, start your rehab before surgery.

This year, an estimated 600,000 people, 35% of whom are men, will receive a new knee. And why not? By replacing a joint ravaged by osteoarthritis—the leading reason people have implants—you can return to a level of physical functioning and freedom that you have not enjoyed for years.

However, the benefits come with risks and costs. Total knee replacement usually requires general anesthesia. Surgical complications are possible, though relatively uncommon. And knee replacement requires months of physical therapy to regain full strength and range of motion.

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