I can walk 2-3 miles on the flat with no real pain and up to 6- 7 miles/ day.
I haven't had much swelling for a while but my knee still gets a bit warm by evening. Overall my knee is massively less swollen than pre- op ( I had 3 bursae) and the leg straightening compared to my previous severe knock knee is remarkable.
It is still a bit of a mixed bag. I am definitely better off than I was before my surgery. I have to remember that I am walking a lot further and faster.
EalingGran, I think you’re doing great!! You’re only halfway through your recovery and you are doing more, walking further and faster with a straighter leg, less swelling, and less pain! I agree with @sistersinhim
that your increased activity has brought on some discomfort. Your knee is not done healing even though you are able to do so much…you can still overdo! But you probably wouldn’t even have tried to do something like all that spring cleaning a couple months ago. You have come a long way! Imagine what the next 6 months will bring?
I also get despondent when I read about someone on BoneSmart running 5K 6 months after a PKR or signing up for a mini- marathon!
I know, I still do this too once in a while. We’ve got to let that roll off our backs. It has no bearing on us. We are all on our own journeys. You are correct that lateral PKR’s (and patellofemoral PKR’s) are rarer and more complex. We also both had other joint issues complicating our recovery. There are so many variables for each of us, what’s important is in the end we get back to the things we love. Keep your eye on the prize, and continue to be patient and determined as you have been!
ROM- excellent. 145+ flexion and 0 extension. I can bend my knee almost as far as my good leg if I lie on my back and squeeze my knees in. With the standing quad stretch the flexion isn't as good- can't hold that leg. I could sit back on my haunches in child's pose but I don't risk it.
I can squat pretty far down and kneel for 5- 10 minutes on a padded cushion.
This is amazing!! You’re really doing incredibly well. Happy 6 months to you, EalingGran!
The best is yet to come!