Did you know that getting in and out of a car after a knee replacement is much easier – and less painful – by simply using a plastic bag?

“Most people mistakenly put all their weight on one leg when getting in or out of a car after surgery”, says Sydney Orthopaedic Surgeon Associate Professor Nigel Hope.

“What you’re better off doing is placing a plastic bag on the front seat of the car and entering the car bottom first, then putting one leg in at a time into the car without any weight on either leg. Never step into the car if you want to prevent injuring your knee.”

“And patients should best avoid driving until they get their doctor’s approval – for some this could be six weeks, for others eight weeks or longer. The best indicator of when to drive after knee replacement is when you’re not on crutches or taking analgesics.”