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Here are some questions for all you smart people!

I will be going back to work at eight weeks post-op. A phased return to work is not possible. I will be teaching online, so I will have the opportunity to sit, stand, and move around. For those of you who have gone back to work, do you have any tips on what I should expect? Are there things I should take with me each day?

I’m looking for recommendations for an upright (not recumbent) exercise bike. When I am back at work, it will not be realistic for me to go to the gym to use the bikes there.

Thanks so much!

Lisa
 

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You will definitely want to get up and move around for a minute or two around every hour or so.
 

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I went back to work after 3 weeks - I have a desk job and work mostly from home. I bought a small ottoman to go under my desk so I could prop my leg up. I also found had to set an alarm to go off every hour or so to remind me to get up and walk around or stretch. Otherwise I got wrapped up in work or a meeting and by the time I remembered to get up, I was so stiff!
 
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Thanks! I will make a point of getting up and moving around frequently--I will set alarms on my watch. And I really like the ottoman idea. I will get one.

Thanks very much for the ideas!
 
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Yay! I had a post-op visit yesterday. It has been seven and a half weeks since my left TKR surgery. My flexion was at 120 degrees, and my extension was at 5 degrees. I hope to improve my extension. A few weeks ago, my extension was 20 degrees and I was really worried about it. So that’s progress! Other than stretches, normal activities, and taking walks, I have not done anything special.

I am finally getting some sleep after six weeks of killer insomnia. The surgeon recommended 50 mg. Benadryl at bedtime, and that has done wonders. I was surprised that it worked. Falling asleep is not the problem. Staying asleep for more than 1-2 hours is the problem. But it has really helped, and I can sleep for 4-hour stretches now.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Lisa
 

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Lisa, wonderful report! So happy for your progress. Keep us posted.
 

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My extension was slower coming in, too. What helped it for me was to walk with longer strides than normal with a heel-to-toe gait. It didn't happen overnight, but it did help my extension.
 

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