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Buffalo General Medical Center
A Building, 16th Floor
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
2nd Floor, Southeast Wing
1540 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

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Orthopedic Joint Ventures Program
Pre-Operative Exercises

Start exercises one week before surgery.


  • Repeat each exercise 10 times, 2-3 times per day.
  • Perform the following exercises slowly, as outlined.
  • Complete exercises while lying down or reclined with legs straight.
  • Perform on both legs.
  • Remember to take slow, deep breaths as you do each exercise. This will help circulation and provide oxygen to your muscle tissue.

1. Ankle Pumps/Circles:

  • Slowly pull ankle up, hold five seconds.
  • Slowly push ankle down, hold five seconds.
  • Slowly turn your ankles in a circular motion, reverse direction.

2. Gluteal Sets:

  • Slowly squeeze your buttocks together.
  • Hold for five seconds and relax.

3. Quad Sets:

  • With legs straight, slowly push the back of the knee down into the bed, tightening the thigh muscle.
  • Hold for five seconds.

4. Long Arc Quads:

  • While seated in a firm, straight back chair, straighten your leg and try to hold it for 10 seconds.
  • Slowly bend to return.