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Feral

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Gidaye fellow knee replacement people.
I thought I was doing quite well. I had double knee surgery; no morphine for me, (what was thinking?) but painful recovery.

After 3 weeks gave up the crutches; 5 weeks on I gave up the raised toilet seat; 6 weeks later I could walk up and down 2 flights of hospital steps on my own to see the surgeon who is really Happy with my progress when though my left knee hurts more so when I twisted it.

Now 8 weeks on, I'm back at work operating heavy mining machinery. You're sitting down most of the time, so it's not hard. The only thing is you have to stand up every now and then for both circulation and stretching.

Now my left knee is slower at coming right. I accidentally tripped yesterday and must have twisted my left knee. It is very sore in some positions; the pain is sharp and on the left side, does anyone else have these issues?

By the way I'm 65
Cheers
 

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Hello @Feral - and :welome:

Boy, you really rushed your recovery, especially for someone who had a bilateral!

Did you realise that recovery is a long process, because it is truly major surgery?
In spite of how well you did, your knees are still healing internally and complete recovery of all their soft tissues is going to take a full year.
There's absolutely nothing you can do to speed that process up either, no matter how much you wish you could.

Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint, and you need to pace yourself.

We usually recommend that people take about 12 weeks off work, and then do a Phased return to work - if possible. For a physically demanding job, we recommend even longer.

The long and short of it is you re expecting too much of your knees, too soon.

No two knees are alike and it's not at all unusual for one knee to take longer than the other to recover. Your left knee could have had more work done on it during surgery.

If you can, try to ease off the amount your knees are doing.

When you get home from work, do nothing except rest, ice and elevate your knees.
They need time and gentle treatment, so they can continue to heal.
 

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Here are the recovery guidelines we give to everyone with a new knee:

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. Try to 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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It sounds like you are doing a great deal already for those brand new knees and your recovery has gone very well so far. However, I suspect there is still so much internal healing to be done that at least one of your knees is letting you know it's not ready for such work. :)
 

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Your new knee is going to be very sensitive to "tweaks"--moving awkwardly, overdoing and the like for a few months. Try to give your knee a break whenever you can.
 

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Best of luck to you! I had bilateral knee surgery in Aug of 2017. It’s amazing how much you’ve accomplished thus far. It took me a year before the pain decreased. What I learned during my recovery is to take your time! I used ice for many months post op. I got knocked down on the grass by a dog and unfortunately I needed to have an additional surgery. Be careful, rest when you can.
 

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Wow amazing after a bilateral you certainly have proved you are recovering quickly, however sometimes pushing oneself too hard can have consequences, maybe your knee is trying to tell you something and asking you to slow down a bit, as internal healing is still happening. Maybe now as we all face quarantine you can give yourself a break and some tlc to those knees.
Stay safe xxx
 

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