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[TKR] Better and better!

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Mutti3, Jan 28, 2018.

  1. Mutti3

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    My ltkr was october 16,2017. I just joined this group. Now at 3 1/2 months post op, I have the only the usual aches and discomforts. Very mild residual knee swelling, hamstring , and quad muscle discomfort.I only had left knee arthritis, none on right. I feel Blessed to be where I am in the recovery process of this journey.
     
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    Mutti3,
    Welcome to BoneSmart, glad you joined us.
    Sounds like you are right on track for your recovery, with the normal ups and downs.

    Here are the recovery guidelines, they are helpful at any stage of recovery, the articles are short and will not take long to read.

    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
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
    don't overwork.
    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

    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 a 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 history before providing advice.
     
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    Thank you for all the informative articles! One of my question is, possible to have knee stiffness without swelling? How long does this take to subside? I have good range of motion and extension.
     
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    Yes, you can have swelling inside the joint that you cannot see, causing stiffness.
    It can take a year or more to complete healing of the soft tissues in your knee. How long the stiffness will last is different with every person and every knee.
    Stiffness is a form of pain, you can address it with ice, elevation, and OTC pain meds.
     
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    Thank you for the advice. Presently sitting with ice pack on knee and elevated while working. I guess my knee “ fooled” me! Good range of motion equals being”0k” is definitely not “ healed”
     
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    I regressed in pain and discomfort. I have to constantly remind myself, this is a journey, and my knee is the driver. I wish you well.
     
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    Since I am a late starter in this blog, I will back tract my documentation up to this point.

    LTKR 10/16/17
    One overnight in hospital.
    Home health x2 weeks including physical therapy and a couple of skilled nursing visits.
    ROM after 2 weeks of home therapy: 102, extension -2
    Outpatient therapy: had 3 x week x 4, 2 x week x 2 weeks
    ROM @ 7weeks Post op 145 extension +2
    OS follow up at 1 and 2 month.
    Return back to work at 8 week, full time.
    Activities since, walking, stretches.
    No AD since 3½ weeks.

    I understand the road to complete recovery is not over. My new knee is only a toddler, a typical toddler at that!
     
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    Fantastic progress at only three and a half months! It's going to get better and better but don't overdo. Your knee will talk to you and not in a nice way. Slow and steady. I think I started a walking program around month 4 or 5. Gently at first, short distances, but gradually built up to 3-5 miles/day. It was amazing. I couldn't believe I could do it since it had been about 10 years since doing any exercise at all. And it felt so good to be moving like a "normal" person. Take care of yourself. You are on the way!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Good analogy! I call mine a drama queen!
     
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    After reading articles on BoneSmart, and totally over doing my post op knee I realized what I needed to do. I now use my ice machine for atleast 3 hours a day . (I do work a full time job) And reduced my physical activity on the knee. So far the results are evident. Very little knee discomfort, and knee swelling reduced to almost a normal knee. I also realized I have to continue this modality. Awaiting the day I can go back to yoga classes, gym workout,and very long walks. But with the help and support of BoneSmart , it will happen
     
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    That is most excellent! I am so impressed.
     
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    I have questions about resuming yoga practice. For any fellow tkr, when did you resume poses? What poses you will not be able to do? And when were you able to kneel Comfortably? Please add any addition information you might have obtained.
     
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    I fall into the category of Cautious and I started yoga at 6 months out by doing a Chair Yoga class. It sounded fun and was! I just signed up this month for a beginning yoga class, because I never took yoga before so am easing into it. My youngest son is a yoga instructor and he showed me a few poses over the Christmas holiday that a knee replacement person still in recovery can do. I'd say talk to your yoga instructor about a way to ease back into some poses. For example, I found the Warrior pose painful (if I really tried to do it right) at 6 months but do them easily now.

    I was able to kneel at 6 months; your mileage may differ. Remember it all comes down to YOUR knee and when it is ready for something like kneeling. I didn't much like the way kneeling felt then, so just did it intermittently until more recently. I now kneel comfortably, though prefer softer surfaces, like a bed or even a carpet, to hard ones. I'm in no hurry to go kneel on the sidewalk. :wink:
     
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    Five months post op! I didn’t join BoneSmart preopertively or early in my recovery. My knee replacement journey was uneventful except for the usual constipation woes, pain management, and urinary stress incontinence. My supportive husband took care of me. He knew exactly what I was going through after having both knee of his knees replaced. I had physical therapy, both home and outpatient. My extension and flexion are good.
    I went back to work full time at eight weeks. ( that was the real pain) lol!
    Was all this worth it so far? Absolutely! Last week I took a 700miles round trip car trip to see family. Walked a fabulous museum for hours. No knee pain , no swelling.
    I read everyone’s post about their recovery. I feel for each and everyone whom knee replacement has been a challenge. I am five months into this journey, and hopefully will remain smooth.
     
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    I did join BoneSmart pre-operatively... and it was stories like yours that inspired me to hope the surgery would work wonders. I would read them again and again. Thanks for posting your story!
     
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    Yippee! What a great report. This is what a knee replacement is all about!
     
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    Attached is a picture of my knee at 5 months. Wish I would of journal my recovery, but I did not find this site until much later. I remember the achievements, and try to forget the struggles and pain. Almost like raising children. I guess that is nature’s way of keeping us positive. At point I only needed and had one knee done. No documented arthritis in my other knee, or hips. My journey is far from complete. I am planning a trip to NYC in April, and I am nervous!
     

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    Your knee looks great, Mutti.
     
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    Thank you!
     

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