Thanks. I was grateful for this website as I went through this long process.
Beyond a lot of common sense advice, this site offers things that medical providers can’t offer: Inspirational insight and advice from those who have lived through it, and who are willing to help others deal with the doubt, disenchantment, and despair that one must endure during this journey.
Best wishes to everyone who is recovering, or is recovered
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I’ll look forward to reading your progress reports. Please let us know how it’s going!
What a thoughtful post, Jazzerguy! Thanks for taking the time to share such kind words.
I hope you'll stick around for awhile longer and continue to note progress here. It's delightful to read and an inspiration for all following behind you. Best wishes only! @Jazzerguy54
Here’s mine: 1) Sleeping is still a theory at this point. I am woken by searing pain in calf and behind knee. Hydrocodone doesn’t stifle it. I’ve tried sleep aids, war chants, random curses and yet it persists. I simply have to outlive this healing period.
2) Walking with one crutch is odd. It resulted from having a femur that is “hard as marble” as I was told. When the doc attached femoral component, it created a hairline crack. So the crutch is suppose to minimize impact when i move around.
Ironically, as most here know, moving around is essential to healing and strengthening the knee - and for suppressing that night pain.
Doc didn’t seem to overly concerned and said I won’t even feel it.
My last post described the great success with knee # 2 surgery earlier this month.
Knee number one in January was the last of 5 surgeries in 3 years on a revision knee. It’s stable and strong with 150 degree flexion.
Number two was completed 3 weeks ago. The surgery went well. Great doc. Very minimal swelling - but with soft tissue issues.
This one was bone on bone. As a result, my leg had been angled outward for some time. The soft tissues remodels to the angle and creates a “Valgus deformity”. Mine was a grade 2 at 14 degrees of correction.
When they install the implant they correct spacing and straightness, which also brought searing nerve pain and a complete sleep free night.
I was prescribed Gabapentin to relieve pain and it worked. Pain meds WILL NOT work on nerve pain.
Today I’m progressing at three weeks, but sleep remains evasive with ever changing calf and knee pain. Back of knee is better. It was tough.
I’m at 2 degrees extension and 128 degree flexion. Taking the bone smart approach with my stretching exercises!
By the way, I merged your newest thread with your original recovery thread, as we prefer that members in recovery have only one thread.
This benefits you because all your information is in one place, easy to find, and maintains a nice journal for you.
This also benefits our staff, as your information is all in one place, and we often go back through your thread for previous details, so we know what you‘ve been through which helps us advise you better.
So, please keep all your posts in this thread. If you’d like a new title, let us know what you want, and we’ll change it for you.
Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.
Just keep in mind all people are different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for you.“ Your doctors, PTs and BoneSmart are available to help, but you are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.
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
If you want to use something to help heal the incision,
BoneSmart recommends hypochlorous solution. Members in the US can purchase ACTIVE Antimicrobial Hydrogel through BoneSmart at a discount. Similar products should be available in the UK and other countries.
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
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.
Thanks for the update, Jazzerguy!
I hope work is easy on you and you’re able to get the rest you need once you’re back home. I wish you all the best and hope you’ll continue to share your healing journey with us.
Happy Wednesday! @Jazzerguy54
If anyone has the secret to sleeping with nerve pain, I’m all ears. Managed about 1 hour last night. Ironic that my focus isn’t on the knee, but on the pain radiating from my glutes to my ankle. I can only hope this resides over time. I’m blessed in so many ways, but this otherwise promising recovery has been the wellspring of all my bad karma