Patients can return to work after knee replacement surgery

21 March 2013

Total knee replacement surgery does not mean patients have to stop work in most instances.

Researchers found that 98 per cent of people can in fact return to their normal life and work following the operation.

Of these, 89 per cent were able to take-up their previous positions, adding credence to previous research showing that the procedure is one of most successful ways to relieve pain and restore function in patients with advanced knee arthritis.

The discovery was made when an independent third party survey centre provided questionnaires to more than 660 patients between 18 and 60 years of age.

From the survey it was found that nearly three-quarters of people were able to work up to the three months before total knee surgery and most of these could resume employment after their operation.

Approximately 13 per cent of patients had sedentary jobs, but 23 per cent and 29 per cent had heavy or very heavy jobs respectively.

Posted by Jeannette Royston

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