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....since my op and I'm looking around to see how anyone else is feeling after their third week, especially how they are coping with the coronavirus lockdown. I am living alone, about 8 miles from my family and they are self isolating cos they are high risk category.
Reading some of the links I realise I am pretty lucky to able to sleep well at night and although it is stiff upon waking, my knee has never bothered me enough to disturb my sleep.
Basically I am just reading up and wondering about the best way to go forward from here.
 

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Hi and Welcome!

As long as you take things slow and easy, you will do well. What a blessing you don’t have sleep issues!


I will leave you our Recovery Guidelines. Each article is short but very informative. Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.

Knee Recovery: The Guidelines
1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you​
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​


4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

6. Access to these pages on the website

The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling
Heel slides and how to do them properly
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Healing: how long does it take?

Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in the majority of BoneSmart’s forums, we ask that each member have only One Recovery Thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
 

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Please give us the exact date of your surgery and which knee it is, and we’ll put it in a signature for you. It was a TKR, correct?
 
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Yes it was a TKR, left side on the 17th March.
 

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Hi Cassie - I’m a day ahead of you with bilateral TKR on Mar 16. I’m doing well . I also live alone & it has not bothered me too much to be isolated. I figure I had my surgery at the perfect time as I was already stocked up & prepared for 3 months at home.
 
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Hi Cassie - I’m a day ahead of you with bilateral TKR on Mar 16. I’m doing well . I also live alone & it has not bothered me too much to be isolated.
Wow Pam, both knees, I admire your bravery, or is that more widely done in the US. I toyed with the idea, but my surgeon was having none of it]. He said we would think about the other knee in the future. Pleased to hear you are going along well.
 
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