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What you need to know about nutrition after knee replacement surgery

  • Good nutrition is essential for your recovery. Eating healthful foods will help you heal and to feel your best.

    This includes eating:

    • fruits and vegetables
    • whole grains
    • fat-free or low-fat milk
    • lean meats, poultry, fish
    • beans, eggs and nuts

    Avoid foods and beverages high in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars (such as fried foods, most fast foods and soda). Do not drink alcohol while on pain medicines or taking a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin® or Jantoven®).

  • Tip

    Eating healthful foods and drinking plenty of water will help you heal during your recovery. Ask your health care team if you have questions about nutrition and your recovery.


    Warfarin helps to slow down blood clotting but vitamin K helps blood to clot.

    If you are taking warfarin you do not need to avoid foods that are high in vitamin K, but it is important to eat consistent amounts. Food high in vitamin K are: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, cucumbers with the peel and endive.

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