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I am scheduled for total knee replacement on my left knee on March 2. I just recently passed the 6th anniversary of having the same on the right knee. I remember finding these forums as I lay awake on many sleepless nights during that recovery, and while I never joined or posted just reading others’ posts was so helpful. I am glad this site still exists!

I have been doing PT exercises to prepare for the past two months, and have lost some weight to prepare. I have a few more things I need to order as I prepare my house. Mentally I am ready to go and get this done.

What worries/concerns me is the different approach for this surgery. Last time I was in the hospital for 3 days. This time it is being done outpatient. I worry a bit about how the pain will be controlled, but I have complete trust in my surgeon in helping me manage this.

Looking forward to joining this community.
 

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Welcome to BoneSmart, glad you joined us! :welome:

Hospital stays have been shortened considerably since you had your Right TKR in 2014.
They will not discharge you unless your pain is under control. Your surgeon may be injecting your knee with a pain reliever that lasts a day or two after surgery. Ask your surgeon about pain relief at your pre op appointment.

Sounds like you are ready for your upcoming surgery, here is some additional information to help prepare.

New BoneSmart members like you are in various stages of their journey to joint replacement. Making the decision whether or not to have surgery and preparing for surgery can be easier once you have done your research and know what lies ahead. Here are some tools that can help you decide what is best for you.

If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:

Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?


And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:

Stories of amazing knee recoveries
 

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@AnnInOH Hello! How wonderful that you found the site helpful for your right TKR and joined for this TKR. Sounds like you are ready to go and get it done. Wishing you all the best with your new knee! :yes!:
 

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March 2 isn't far away, so here is an advance look at our recovery guidelines:
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. Try to 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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