We’re glad you found us, too!I am so grateful that I found this website.
Yes, you can sleep this way for as long as you want. I elevated like this any time I was in bed, though I did short sessions the first couple of weeks because my leg was just too upset to like my foam wedge, but it got better as I healed. And, you can elevate your leg a s much as you want, the main thing is to find a comfortable position.Can I sleep at night with my leg elevated in the way this website describes? I took a nap today with my leg elevated, and it was the most comfortable I’ve been so far.
I’m so sorry that your nurse has this opinion, because it is absolutely not true! I’m sorry it caused you so much pain and I’m glad you gave up on it. A gentle bend is fine and much more comfortable. The Lounge Doctor that you have coming will give you an appropriate slight bend.I was told by the discharge nurses to keep my leg extended straight, with no bend, or my knee would heal permanently in a bent position. I tried to do this, but I couldn’t sleep in this position. My leg won’t straighten out fully, and it was painful to try to achieve this. I finally gave up.
This is quite common, it gets better as you heal. Here’s an article from the Bonesmart Library about it:I find sitting in a chair at my desk or riding in a car to be really uncomfortable after 30 minutes.
So true--I had lots of instability before my first tkr and was so excited about how strong and stable it was post surgery--even while recovering. Just take it slow and steady--which it sounds like you're doing.One more thing that’s going well are the stairs. Stairs are so easy! Pre-surgery, my pain was intermittent, but the instability in my knee was awful, and I had a lot of falls in the two years leading up to the surgery. I have not felt this safe on stairs in years—even while still using a cane and recovering from TKR!
Having your knee bent and your legs down leads to more swelling due to gravity. It will get better but for the meantime just keep those periods in the chair limited. As the weeks go on you'll be able to sit for longer periods in between the elevating.I have a question. For some reason, I find sitting in a chair at my desk or riding in a car to be really uncomfortable after 30 minutes. Have others experienced this? I try to vary my positions throughout the day. I’m really curious about the discomfort while sitting in a car or a normal chair. I can’t figure out why that would be so unpleasant.