Joint School

You will be invited to attend an education session which we call Joint School. This session is based at Yeovil District Hospital and will last for approximately 1 – 2 hours. It is run by the Therapy Team with input from the Nursing Team and aims to teach you about knee Replacement and your recovery.

The session will provide information about your procedure and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns. You will be taught specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around your knee.

Please make every effort to attend because you will be given vital information about your surgery and how you can help yourself to make a good recovery.

Exercising before surgery

It is important to be as fit as possible before undergoing a total knee replacement. This will make your recovery much faster. Six exercises are shown that you should start doing now and continue until your surgery.

You should be able to do them in 15 – 20 minutes, and it is recommended that you do all of them twice a day. It is not harmful for you to do more.

Consider this a minimum amount of exercise prior to your surgery.

Also, remember that you need to strengthen your entire body, not just your leg. It is very important for you to strengthen your arms (e.g. by doing chair push ups see video link below). You will be relying on your arms to help you get in and out of bed, chairs and to walk with sticks.

Stop any exercise that is too painful.

If you find these exercises difficult, build up to the suggested number gradually.

Activity guidelines pre-op: exercises (Click links below to see videos)

  1. Ankle pumps
  2. Static quads
  3. Inner range quads
  4. Straight leg raises
  5. Knee extension (bend & straighten)
  6. Arm chair push-ups