WATCH: Lindsey Vonn shares her recovery journey after a knee replacement surgery 

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Lindsey Vonn recently shared updates on her recovery journey after her knee replacement surgery. The Alpine ski star underwent a complex surgery based on doctors' recommendations.

Last year, she opted for a preparatory surgery to delay the need for a complete knee replacement and to prepare parts of her knee for the inevitable procedure. However, as the pain became too unbearable this year, the American Alpine skiing star decided to go under the knife one final time to receive a permanent solution for her pain.

She detailed the surgery's intricacies to her fans and well-wishers through a post on Instagram about her surgery, revealing that she had severe tri-compartment degeneration, with the lateral compartment outside her knee causing major pain.

Weeks after her surgery, she shared a video on Instagram showcasing her recovery after such a complex procedure with the caption:

"Another step in the right direction… getting stronger every day…Hope I’m strong enough for a little high heel tonight at the @laureussport awards."

In the video, Lindsey was seen doing rehab exercises with a protective kneecap on her right knee. Her rehab workout had a mixture of mobility and resistance band exercises to help build strength in the knee.

Lindsey Vonn's major injury in 2018

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Throughout her career, Lindsey Vonn has suffered multiple injuries. Some major injuries became hurdles along her career path, but the American skier managed to bounce back stronger.

One major injury occurred in November 2018, which completely tore her LCL. Upon primary examination, the doctors found the damage to the ligament was more severe than expected. Despite this, Vonn chose to postpone surgery to complete the skiing season in November.

Opening up on her decision to avoid surgery earlier, she said,

“I was waiting to have surgery because I had obligations, such as my fundraiser for my foundation and I didn’t want to let anyone down," she said (via people.com). "Unfortunately, since I put off surgery I had more damage than expected. I had an additional meniscus tear and needed chondroplasty of my knee cap."

The surgery was a success and within a few weeks of rehab and controlled rest, Vonn had completely recovered.

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