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[TKR] Andy's Recovery Thread

Recovering Andy

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Hello,
My name is Andy. I am a physical therapist. First of all I want to commend the contributions that both admin and patients offer on this site. People helping people!!
I just had a TKR on Sept 10, 2019. This site helped me not feel so alone and scared!!


Andy
 
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Jockette

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I will leave you our Recovery Guidelines. Each article is short but very informative. Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.

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
2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

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

5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

6. Access to these pages on the website

The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling
Heel slides and how to do them properly
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Healing: how long does it take?

Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds

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.
 

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Yes just airing ones thoughts to people whom have "been there and done that " and also people whom are exactly in the same boat really helps.
As most of us are newbies one doesn't really know what to expect and the advice and encouragement from members on this group go a long way towards helping our recovery.

Wishing you a good recovery too x
 

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Hi, Andy and welcome to BoneSmart. It's an interesting comment you make about feeling alone and scared after your knee replacement. Sometimes people assume that doctors, nurses therapists and others in this community automatically know how to handle joint replacement surgery and recovery. We find that NOT to be the case. In fact, even our own Nurse Director, Josephine, (who just had a knee revision) has her moments in recovery! We are all human and somehow it's vastly different when it's your knee and your life that's in play.

I hope we can be helpful as you progress through your recovery. I'm looking forward to reading more about how things are going for you.
 

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