Yes, there will be some activities you won’t be able to participate in after a total joint replacement (Sorry, Rugby fans), but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all that summer has to offer! In fact, most doctors encourage activity and movement after surgery, particularly to avoid a blood clot. It’s also possible to develop depression after surgery, so it’ll also do you good mentally to be active and enjoying things as much as possible. Just remember to always hydrate and always wear sunscreen when you’re enjoying outdoor activities, post-surgery or not.
Here are some quick ideas of what you can plan at your own pace after a summer surgery:
- Walk within your limits. This may be around the block at first but if you feel up to it go to a park or a place with very easy hiking trails. Bring a friend for support and to share the beauty of nature with.
- When you’re cleared by your doctor and out of your cast, swimming is an excellent low-impact activity and can feel really good on a hot day.
- Golfing is another low-impact activity. If a golf course seems too overwhelming there’s always the fun and super low-pressure Mini-Golf. You might even win a prize!
- Have a picnic or a barbeque. Get some friends together and share a meal outdoors! Just be sure you claim some benches. Getting up and down off a traditional picnic blanket on the ground might be difficult for you as you’re healing.
- Attend a summer concert. Outdoor summer concerts are great because they’re usually a lot more casual and have a lot more flexibility with seating. Some even let you bring your own seating (lawn chair, camping chair, etc.) or stand if you want to. If you need to get up and stretch or leave early you can do so without walking over rows of people in a fancy concert hall.