Many patients ask me if they can resume playing tennis after a total knee replacement. The answer is YES! I particularly like the function of a rotating platform total knee replacement in my tennis and racquet sport players. I have many successful athletes and weekend warriors out on the courts. In general, it is probably better to play doubles, as there is less running around over-all, but singles is also allowable. Obviously no guarantees can be made that ALL patients with a knee replacement will be able to play, but a very high percentage will. Most tennis players have waited “too long” to get their knees fixed, because of fear of having to give up their favorite past-time after surgery. It is better to have it done at a convenient time, as it is likely to be inevitable, and harder to recover after the deformity is very severe.
Many patients need both total knee replacement “done” as there is a high proportion of hereditary or genetic based osteoarthritis of the knee affecting both sides. I suspect I will need my own total knee replacement in the future, and I will do my research and find the best surgeon I can to do it! I plan on playing lots of tennis, golf, ski-ing, wakeboarding, and swimming as I get older. If you have “worn out joints”, you should fix them and get back to an active life style. Sitting on the sidelines is not healthy!