Water therapy after joint replacement surgery: an infection risk? This calls to attention the importance of wound care. A lot of people like aqua therapy- it’s low impact and generally approved by your care team. There are a lot of benefits to aqua therapy. The issue is when is it safe to submerge a surgical wound safely? When the wound is closed and when there’s no discharge, then it’s basically healed. There’s a lot of argument on when that process is complete. When you’re no longer having any discharge, the wound is healed up to the point of no pain and redness, then it’s probably okay to submerge in water and participate in aqua therapy. Then there’s a question of, “How long can I do aqua therapy?” Try to limit it a little bit to 30 minutes. It usually takes a few weeks for patients to build up to 30 minutes. You’ll need to have a waterproof dressing. That doesn’t mean that you can jump in the pool and swim a mile a couple days after surgery. That’s just not going to happen. Take it slowly, and wait for your wound to heal before participating in water therapy or aquatic therapy. Play this video to hear what Dr. Frisch, orthopedic surgeon in Rochester Michigan has to say about the subject in full (https://health.usnews.com/doctors/nic…).