Joint Replacement Patient Forum
I had a very unstable knee too before the surgery--I think due to a meniscus tear. I was so impressed on day 1 out of the surgery with how stable the new knee was.
Your #rheumatoidarthritis could be a factor in your recovery, but it is a long recovery for everyone.
I felt like my recovery with knee #2 wasn't so much shorter as a bit easier than my first knee, which had more issues, though both were damaged from the RA.
I've seen other examples of people with a rheumatologic condition, such as #rheumatoidarthritis having to stop their biologic before surgery. I'd agree that you should ask your rheumy and/or dermatologist--do you need to be off it that long, and if so are there things you can do to cope if you get a bit of a flare up. I wasn't on a biologic so that wasn't an issue with my RA and surgery.
Fellow JRAer here. I had my tkrs a few years later than you--my first in my mid 40s--though in retrospect it should have been done a year or two sooner. Mine were a couple of years apart though, not btkr.
3 week recoveries are the stuff of myth.
Sounds like you're doing pretty well. Focus on rest, ice and elevation. Your bend will increase as the swelling comes down. It took me close to 6 weeks to get to 90 and then within the next week or two after that, I gained about 10 more degrees.
It sounds like the right amount of activity if by getting food you mean very basic stuff. Don't hesitate to let your family cook for you for a while yet when they can.
With all the years of JRA you know how to listen to your body and pace yourself when you need to. Similar principles apply here. #rheumatoidarthritis
For my first knee I was in the hospital for 4 nights. That was because the femoral nerve block failed and they spent a day or so trying to get the pain under control. But then I went home. My sister stayed with me for about 3 days , mostly to be my ice pack Sherpa and to be there in case I needed her. She fixed meals and so on. She also came back on the weekends to help around the house.
For knee #2 I had 3 nights in the hospital and went home mid day on the 4th (by the time they did the paperwork). 3 days was my doc's protocol.
Walking will be difficult--probably she won't be able to go too far--both because it's normal for it to be a bit painful and it can be very tiring at first. Are they having her use a walker? I think you call it a zimmer frame there? I remember she has arm issues which could make using walking aids a challenge.
Knees are tougher than hips everyone says.
Are they keeping her because they haven't found the right pain control? Because it actually sounds like she's doing well otherwise. Particularly if you'll be there with her.
My nurse said the pain meds should knock it back to around a 4. Mine did (oxycodone)--morphine made me nauseated--but I was sure ready for the next dose at 3-4 hours.