The amount of standing and walking that you do after a total knee replacement can depend on your individual situation and the specific recommendations you have received from your doctor or physiotherapist. In general, starting to move and walking as soon as possible after knee replacement surgery is beneficial for preventing complications after surgery such as blood clots. Early mobilization also helps to reduce the length of hospital stay, reduce post-operative morbidity and mortality, and improves patient satisfaction with surgery.[3][4][5][6] Given the importance of walking after surgery, this video blog outlines standing and walking recommendations for 0 to 2 weeks, 3 to 6 weeks, and 6 to 12 weeks after surgery.

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