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How can I prevent swelling after knee replacement surgery?

Some swelling at first is normal after knee replacement surgery. Ongoing swelling around your surgery site, though, can increase your pain and make your joint stiff. To prevent this:
  • Keep your leg elevated when you are sitting.
  • Wear your compression stocking for the number of weeks your doctor has prescribed. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you may leave it off for an hour or so each day.
  • Use an ice pack on the front and back of your knee. Your doctor or therapist will tell you how long to keep using ice packs.

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