@Tman Welcome to BoneSmart! Of course you are anxious. We were all in that space pre-op. But the good news is once you get those knees replaced you won't look back. And since you are obviously a good candidate for bilateral - that is certainly the way to go. One op and one recovery.
Perhaps you could share what you are worried about. Those of us who have been there might be able to reassure you.
My colleague @Roy Gardiner had BTKR. I've tagged him to come and chat here.
Thank you for replying most of my anxious thoughts are of fear of dying I have a young family , mostly what ifs like not waking up , blood clots and a whole lot of other what ifs FYI my implants are going to be Stryker
@Tman the incidents of any TKR patient dying are extremely rare. These days they do a significant amount of pre-op assessments so any "hidden" health issues are identified and addressed before you proceed.
Do you know what anaesthesia you will be having? Please know that the anaesthetist will be at your side through the entire procedure monitoring you very closely.
And blood clots will be prevented as you will most likely be given a prescription for blood thinning medication. If you are moving around regularly post op the chances of blood clots are very low.
Thank you no I do not know for sure but I believe spinal plus light general if that makes sense I have not got to talk to the sleep doctor yet. I live in casper Wyoming but I am having it done in Laramie Wyoming with premier bone and joint the same doctor repaired them in 14
I know exactly how you feel. I had the same thoughts prior to my bilateral knee replacement on Oct 23. So far my recovery has been good. After one night in the hospital, I went to a skilled nursing facility. Though the facility was a little rough around the edge, I am glad I went there. They had pt and ot people to get me started on my recover. One still has to be committed to do the prescribed exercises on your own. After three week, I am able to do pretty much most things around the house though I limit myself.
Good luck with you surgery. Just tell yourself “I am going to do this”.
Something to keep in mind with prescribed exercises is, if it hurts, don’t do it. Pain is a signal that you are doing something your knee isn’t ready for. Working through pain will keep your knee inflamed, creating more pain and swelling. Your new knee needs gentle treatment so it can heal. Too many of us are subjected to too many painful exercises. They are not necessary.
Mobility is important, short walks and very gentle knee bends will take care of that.