NAH Joint Replacement Program

Sex after knee/hip replacement surgery

As mentioned in your Joint Replacement Guidebook, our goal is to help you live pain-free with greater mobility and improve your quality of life. This includes sex! It is important to protect your new joint while it is healing. After surgery, sex may be uncomfortable or bring up questions. Sex should only be considered when your orthopedic surgeon gives you permission. This may take around four to six weeks.

It is important for you and your partner to communicate. There are different ways to be intimate, explore these options as well. A few tips for you: consider taking a mild pain medication prior to sex, consider stretching your muscles, use plenty of extra pillows for support, pick a time when neither of you are tired, and most importantly, know your limitations. Hip patients must follow your hip precautions. Let your partner take the more active role after surgery. If there is too much weight on your new joint and you are uncomfortable, try a different position. Use the chart below to find positions that may be comfortable. Start slow, be gentle on your new joint, enjoy yourself and talk to your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.