Circulation Exercise: Ankle Pumps

Lie on your back. Gently point and pull ankle of your surgical leg by pumping foot up and down.

  • Repeat 10 times (1 set).
  • Do 1 set every hour that you are awake and continue until you have returned to your normal level of activity.

Ankle Pumps

Ankle Pumps

Circulation Exercise: Quadriceps Sets

Lie on your back with your legs straight. Tighten your thigh muscle by pushing your knee down into the bed.

Do NOT hold your breath.

  • Repeat 10 times (1 set).
  • Do 2 sets a day.

Quadriceps Sets

Quadriceps Sets

Circulation Exercise: Gluteal Sets (buttock)

Lie on your back with your legs straight. Squeeze buttock together and tighten buttocks muscles. Do NOT hold your breath.

  • Repeat 10 times (1 set).
  • Do 2 sets a day.

Gluteal Sets

Gluteal Sets

Heel Slides

Lie on your back. Bend your surgical knee by sliding your heel toward your buttocks.

  • Repeat 10 times (1 set).
  • Do 2 sets a day.

You may be instructed to pull on a bed sheet hooked around your foot to help you slide your heel.

Heel Slides

Heel Slides

Short Arc Quads

Lie on your back with a towel rolled under your knee. Slowly straighten your surgical knee by lifting your foot up while keeping your thigh on the roll.

  • Repeat 10 times (1 set).
  • Do 2 sets a day.

Short Arc Quads

Short Arc Quads

Straight Leg Raise

Lie on your back with your non-surgical leg bent. Tighten your knee on surgical leg and slowly lift your leg to the level of the bent knee. Keep your back flat on the surface.

  • Repeat 10 times (1 set).
  • Do 2 sets a day.

Straight Leg Raise

Straight Leg Raise

Hip ABD/Adduction

Lie on your back. Keep your knee straight and toes pointing toward the ceiling. Slide your surgical leg out to the side and back to the center.

Do NOT allow your surgical leg to cross the midline.

  • Repeat 10 times (1 set).
  • Do 2 sets a day.

Note: After surgery for hip replacement ask your surgeon or therapist about this exercise.

Hip ABD/Adduction

Hip ABD/Adduction

Sitting Knee Flexion

Sit with a towel under your surgical leg(s). Your feet should be flat on the floor. Slide one foot back, bending your surgical knee. Hold for 5 seconds, then slide your foot forward.

  • Repeat 10 times (1 set).
  • Do 2 sets a day.

Sitting Knee Flexion

Sitting Knee Flexion

Seated Knee Extension

Straighten your surgical leg.

  • Repeat 10 times (1 set).
  • Do 2 sets a day.

Seated Knee Extension

Seated Knee Extension

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/15/2016.

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