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I also had a partial (a Patellofemoral) and I thought the same thing. All I learned about partials before surgery said quicker recovery than from a total and a more natural feel. That most definitely has not happened in my case.And this is only a PKR!
The physical therapist who came to my house seems knowledgeable and reliable. She's looking for increased range of motion from me and had stated numerical targets. I think I'm going to err on the side of working the exercises
At only days out of surgery your knee needs only gentle movements. Your numbers will come along fine if you just give your knee a chance to heal.I had a good day today and probably got cocky and did too much
I'm going to write a song about our experiences in Am.@Woodpusher We seem to be on similar pages, no matter our activity. I thought the first few nights were ok, but last night was absolute misery. I'm off to update my own thread, but please know you're not alone. The nights seem to just get worse in my opinion, and I hope it turns around soon.
@Jockette, I was walking wrong, hitting the floor with a bent knee on the bad leg. That was putting a lot of pressure on the patella.Rest, rest, rest.
Don’t feel like you’re doing nothing when you rest, because when you rest you are giving your knee the best circumstance in which to heal. It’s a good investment in your new knee.
I also had a partial (a Patellofemoral) and I thought the same thing. All I learned about partials before surgery said quicker recovery than from a total and a more natural feel. That most definitely has not happened in my case.
@lisabl, I think I have a problem with the sleeves. They're mostly too thick. I'm hoping the warmth of this knee on day 6 isn't unusual. It doesn't feel bad and hasn't alarmed any of the PTs, but it is always warm. Forget about a cloth underneath, with this thick insert in these sleeves, I feel like the knee is warming the ice gel, not the other way around!I have a cryo cuff, and rather than using ice cubes I freeze 330ml water bottles. I have 6 bottles in rotation and they provide chilled/ice cold water for about 2 hrs when put in ice bucket in pairs. Ice machines in UK are rare, and bags of ice can get expensive so this is a good alternative. If I have to go in car (for PT/Hydrotherapy) I use 2 gel packs with 1 sleeve and a thin face cloth to prevent iceburn and wrap around front and back. There is use of both. Last year when I had had my PKR and had to fly (hand luggage only) I bought an old fashioned style ice bag which when empty was able to go through airport security without restriction, and in departure lounge I asked in coffee shop when I bought a drink if they could fill it with ice. This worked well for the 1.5hr flight.
My point is flexibility is the key and whatever works and is affordable for you or any bonesmartie is key. Continuous ice systems are costly in UK, and Cryocuff is the most affordable if you get the manual system (I got that last year with my PKR, and bought the motorised lid this year with my TKR, which I agree is so much better).
@TimeBuster, 16 packs, that's what I'm talking about! Hey, did you ice more frequent early on? If I could ice 24x7 I probably would. As it is, I mostly break just to reload.I, on the other hand, recycled the ice packs that came with my antibiotic bimonthly shipment. I got a total of 16 ice packs stored comfortably in the freezer ready to use when needed. Plus, I still have my Dura soft ice knee wrap from my first surgery, in 2012. I ice 3 to 4 times a day and sometimes at night, so ice is in big demand in my household.
I consider this more of a rant rather than another recovery thread but thank you for merging the two