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    TKR I’m needing encouragement. Sure glad I found this place.

    @Suzola Squats at 20 days out? No way Jose. Far too early. Hip pain, could be because you're not using walking aids. I still have an arm crutch in the car, just in case and I didn't stop using two arm crutches until around two months. I have done very well in the recovery stakes, driving a RHD...
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    TKR BrokenAgain Outpatient Total Knee Replacement

    @BrokenAgain Very glad to hear all is getting well. I still think your surgeon was lax. With your history, using anything nickel'ish was a no no but, you're on the road to recovery and that's what counts. Take it nice and slow. You'll get there.
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    TKR IT tendonitis pain

    @Sosazzy6362 I am five months ahead of you and a member of the ''hammy gang''. I too have a wonderful physio and basically, it's all about time. I do my hamstring stretches [no hamstring curls involved at ALL] whan I think about it but the good news is, the tightness is gradually releasing. No...
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    TKR BrokenAgain Outpatient Total Knee Replacement

    @BrokenAgain Can I add to my comment? I too was advised [ advised, not told] to have a go standing stork like on the operated leg and alternating with the other when standing at the kitchen counter when preparing things. It's great for the glutes apparently. Standing at the counter would...
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    TKR BrokenAgain Outpatient Total Knee Replacement

    @BrokenAgain Yesterday my pt wanted me to stand with all my weight on my new knee leg. And bring my left leg out to the side and back in. Hip abduction/abduction exercises standinf. I tried. It hurt so bad I couldn't put half my weight. So, I stopped and said, " no. I can't." And sat down on my...
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    TKR 3 days post op tkr

    ...and to me but I must bear in mind that was pertinent to me. I'd hate to think removal of stockings might adversely affect someone who really needs them so I guess we all go with the advice given to us at the time.
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    TKR 3 days post op tkr

    @kiwicurls My consultant's opinion was, the stockings are at the bottom of the totem pole for clot prevention and as his patients had enough to contend with, once out of hospital regular ankle and calf pumps, light walking and the tablets were enough.
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    TKR BrokenAgain Outpatient Total Knee Replacement

    @BrokenAgain My heart goes out to you. I too have a nickel [and latex] allergy and although not in anaphylaxis territory, def. in hives, itches and swollen area, and this was discussed right from the start with my consultant. ''Only a small amount'' shouldn't and doesn't cut it. Not being a...
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    TKR BrokenAgain Outpatient Total Knee Replacement

    @Sara61 I'm sorry you had such an experience but when you have been under a physio's wing and one who has nurtured you through your own reluctance to have an operation for many proceeding years and one in whom you have implicit trust, then the physio's help can be very rewarding. It was for...
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    TKR BrokenAgain Outpatient Total Knee Replacement

    @BrokenAgain Don't whatever you do, have this person in your life. I reckon I have been lucky with my progress but no way could I have followed the regime you've been given. Leg slides, trying to push knee into the chair and pulling leg towards me with a towel [trying and not necessarily...
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    TKR Don’t know why I was so scared!

    Hi @DMcM Glad to hear you're ''coming along''. Funnily enough, I have kept away from the gym over the last three weeks whilst the schools have been off and haven't missed it one jot. Before Easter, my aim on the treadmill was elevation which I seem to have sorted but bear in mind I'm just under...
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    TKR Don’t know why I was so scared!

    @DMcM So glad to hear you're reassured. It's scary [well it was initially for me] when one doesn't meet hospital physio targets until someone sensible like the folk on here and in my case, my own wonderful physio set me straight. How far can I bend my knee? That's a hard one to define. Lying on...
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    TKR Don’t know why I was so scared!

    @DMcM I followed the meds schedule, codeine phosphate and paracetamol, to the minute for at least two weeks. Don't try and be a brave bunny. It's just not worth it. Leg lifts? They weren't just excessively uncomfortable, they HURT. I left them alone for months but the swinging off the kitchen...
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    TKR Don’t know why I was so scared!

    Pain affects different people in different ways but the only way I can describe my TKR experience is, pain hurts and extreme discomfort aches like stink but it doesn't hurt. The discomfort I had, and yes, it was extreme in the beginning, was far more bearable than pain and those who experience...
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    TKR Don’t know why I was so scared!

    @DMcM A few tips. Use two crutches, not one so your gait will be even When out and about, always take your crutches for as long as you feel needed, and then some. It helps you and just as important, tells others to be aware of your space needs. I abandoned mine as needed after around three...
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    TKR Don’t know why I was so scared!

    @DMcM The Leg lift hurt too much for me to really get to grips with, so I didn't and left it alone. As I said, on the leg extension set up, I can now lift 10kg. Buy around six 300gm cottage cheese cartons. The contents will do you good and the empty cartons are perfect for your Aircast. When...
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    TKR Don’t know why I was so scared!

    @DMcM I'm not sure what machine the hospital supplied you with but mine was Aircast Cryo. I had frozen loads of ice cube bags before going in to hospital as we don't have an ice machine on our fridge but after a few days, I realised the squat cottage cheese cartons were perfect for the Aircast...
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    TKR GlideFloss TKR Report - from Dec 06 '21 on

    We do recover at different rates @Vida but if it is a very small crumb of comfort, although I am nowhere near @glidefloss's level, I am doing pretty well but, big but, if I stand still for any length of time [back to volunteering at a charity coffee shop], I ache like mad afterwards and need to...
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    TKR GlideFloss TKR Report - from Dec 06 '21 on

    I agree whole heartedly. I was given Fybogel [a laxative] twice a day whilst in hospital. I assumed it was a normal part of medication set up. I came home with a pack of the sachets and took one a day for a week and then didn't need any more, but I was glad of them in the first instance.
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    TKR GlideFloss TKR Report - from Dec 06 '21 on

    @Shortstuff26 I became very aware my recovery might seem too gung ho but the truth is, it has been OK. I have a hamstring problem but I've had recurring issues with it ever since I had an injury donkey's years ago so can't ''blame'' the new joint on that. Like you, I only saw the horror...

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