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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Bees Knees, Jan 7, 2011.

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  1. Bees Knees

    Bees Knees Senior

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    Post #1 on Jan 7, 2011
    I am 7 weeks out and have been given the okay to return to the gym. I was given no restrictions but I am concerned about using the dry heat sauna. I am worried about infection etc.
    I took Josephine's advice and returned to work very part time this week. Two days for three hours. I was so tired! I will try three days four hours next week. I have an active job with lots of walking and moving.
    As always thank all of you for your great advice and support.
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    Post #2 on Jan 7, 2011
    Bee Knees, I moved this thread to Knee Recovery as you posted it the How to Use the Forum area.

    If you have been released from restrictions I wouldn't worry about infection. Did you worry about using the sauna before your op?

    Two days for three hours is quite a start. I hope you had time to rest and recover! Scale back if the increased hours next week are too much.

    Let us know how you get on.
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    Post #3 on Jan 7, 2011
    I'm 6 weeks out and my Dr. said I was OK to get back in my hot tub. I wouldn't think there would be any greater risk of infection in a sauna. I suspect the key is whether your incision is completely healed.
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    Post #4 on Jan 7, 2011
    I love heat, and have been using my hot tub since the day my incision was blessed by the OS. I found it a great place to work on ROM.

    I also love the steam room at the place I get my Ortho Massage.

    I use the sauna at my gym.

    Its all good.
    Just make sure you stay hydrated and maybe wait until you finish the heat to take any narcotics.

    Sandy
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    Post #5 on Jan 7, 2011
    Sauna will be fine!

    As for work - do make sure you're not working two days in a row. The whole point of a phased return is that you have a one day on/one day off routine and give yourself time to recoup in between.
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    Post #6 on Jan 7, 2011
    The only advice I would add is make sure you ice later. The new PA told me at my 3 week check up that heat would help, but failed to tell me to ice afterwards so my knee wouldn't balloon up. My PT corrected this mistake and I have had good success using heat followed by ice.
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    Post #7 on Jan 8, 2011
    Good advice, Rose!
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