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Great report Rick. You appear to be doing very well and I'm envious. I'm now 3 weeks and one day post op and only today managed to get past 90 degrees for the first time. Can you explain what sort of exercises your therapy has involved, as I'd be keen to follow suit.
 

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Great job Rick! I also found that the sports car is easier to get in and out of, as well as drive, than the SUV. :loveshwr:
 
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@barrj46 Nothing special as far as exercises go. I just took my time. I did a lot of Icing and sleeping the first few days home. I did not do anything my knee was not ready for. I think the amount of icing and elevating the first couple of days made the biggest difference!
My first PT was 5 days after surgery. I was +14 and 70 ROM. Not very impressive. I did not let the PT push for more. I spent most of my time with my leg elevated and connected to the Game Ready Machine. Between the heat (Ice coolers on the back deck) and my use I went through over 200 Lbs. of Ice the first week. When I was not connected to the Ice machine. I was walking around the house, refilling Ice, Ect. Yes, I did some heal slides, leg lifts, and assorted other things. But never in sets of "x". If my knee started to get tired, I stopped or did something else. I kept moving, but never to any level of pain.

As I stated with my first knee, I worked it do death trying to rehab. All that did was make it mad!!!! It swelled and recovery took a while.

Also, this knee was not as bad going into surgery as the first. I think that helped a lot also!

I am 31 days out. I just had my last PT I was +2/ 133 ROM. I have a follow up with the PA on Monday. I suspect I will be cleared to go back to work. I will be able to elevate my knee and Ice from time to time at work.
Hope that helps!
Rick
 
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Hi All! Thought I would give you all an update. I am at 10 weeks from my left PKR. For the most part doing FANTASTIC!! I went back to work at 5 1/2 weeks. Would have liked to stay out longer, but I did not have much of a reason to stay home any longer. Knee felt fine, I was only taking Tylenol 2x a day for pain. I had been driving since the fist week.
So back to work, 10 hour days plus Several Saturdays. Knee did well, and continues to do well.

The swelling is almost gone, it just feels slightly tight.
The only real issues I have had since surgery have been.
I took a short ride on my jet ski several weeks ago. Just a sight seeing ride, nothing crazy. I was out about an hour. When I got off the ski, I had more pain than I had EVER felt with this knee. It took a few days for the pain to subside. I suspect that my knee was in a position that made it mad. :hissy:
My other PKR knee had not had this issue, but I did not ride my jet ski for 9 months after that surgery. I guess my knee was not quite ready for fun yet.....

The other issue just started a few days ago. I am having repeated zingers in the exact same place. The position of my knee does not matter. They were so bad last night I took only my 2nd Oxy since my surgery. I was able to get some sleep last night. The Zingers seem to be spaced further out today. My knee is NOT hot or swollen more than normal. Just wish the guy with the ice pick would quit stabbing me in the knee!!!

All in all this recovery has been no big deal! I would do it all again tomorrow. I am so glad I do not have to worry when my knee will suddenly start to hurt! Any pain I have now, I know is just temporary on my road to full recovery.

THANKS for all the support from all of my fellow knee replacement friends!
Rick
 

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Those zingers can be unpredictable and intense. I was lucky that my zinger episodes were short lived when they hit. :console2:
 

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@Rick951 ... What a great update! Despite those pesky zingers, you are having a very successful recovery!
 

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Great update Rick, I'm envious of your progress. You are one week ahead of me operation wise but miles ahead in terms of recovery. Well done and good luck for the future.
 

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You are doing awesome! So glad things are going so well for you, continued prayers for the rest of your recovery/healing!
 

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