Most orthopedic surgeons want their knee replacement patients up and moving as soon as possible after surgery. This early movement is essential for improving your post-op success and reducing the risk of complications like blood clots and excessive scarring.
You may have special precautions or weight bearing limitations—certain ways your surgeon wants you to move (or not move) in order to protect the healing joint. These restrictions typically last 6 to 8 weeks and some restrictions may be permanent. Many patients start walking with a walker for balance, may progress to a cane, and most patients are allowed to resume walking without an assistive device when their surgeon deems them safe to do so. How soon you start walking, and what your restrictions are will depend on various factor associated with your specific condition and general health. Talk to your surgeon for recommendations specific to you.