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Bilateral TKR in January - I have questions

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Kathi 777, Dec 7, 2016.

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    Being nervous is normal. It is major surgery and a lot can go wrong. But most people don't get infections leading to amputation... They don't get PEs...they don't have major medical complications. If your surgeon and hospital has a good reputation then the probability of an uneventful surgery is on your side. Every time I started to freak myself out, I would remind myself that terrible things (like a major car accident) could happen at any time, but those things don't scare me out of living life, so possible complications shouldn't scare me out of surgery.
     
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    Did you see any of the Paralympics? A great number of those were ex-military folk who got bullets and shrapnel in various places and lost limbs as a result. It's common enough but their wounds were sustained in a defintely NOT sterile envronment, unlike you knee which will be done in a sterile operating theatre with everybody gowned and gloved and strict protocols of aseptic technique! You have nothing to worry about!
     
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    Thanks @Josephine and @Want2hike I have panic and anxiety so wish people would not tell me horror stories. That is totally uncalled for. I am on task... I can do this.


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    Kathi 777, I think this is a kind choice for your other half. My other half is as exhausted as I am after my staged TKR's in November. One thing I can assure you. My beloved will never again ask "what do you do all day" EVER!


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    Kathi 777, it's perfectly normal to be nervous. When you get that feeling ask yourself "if I don't do this, how will I feel 6 months from now? What other things I like to do will I be unable to do?" That helped me see that my surgeries were elective but without them I would be chairbound at some point in time. Ask your surgeon what his post op infection rate is. If he quickly answers that's a good sign. If he gets cranky or evasive you may want to investigate further.


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    @Red's Mom Infection rate for hospital and Dr were not issues. I personally know many people who he has worked on TKR and a bilateral. He is good, I just am anxious and yes I know in 3 months I will probably be doing things that I wished I could have done last summer! But it's just nerves... I will get there...


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    There are a lot of different treatments before amputating a leg due to infection. Check some of the threads with infection banners.
     
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    @KarriB no, please I am going to just pray all goes well and not think about it! Getting myself all upset over things that could happen is not productive . I need peace of mind going into this. thank you.


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    Good idea, chances of infection are slim and amputation slimmer. I never gave infection a thought and suggest you don't either.
     
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    @KarriB I am a nervous Nellie! It is needed but I could put it off! But I will not. I think I got this... just going to be hard being still.


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    After TKR I just didn't feel like doing much at all. I had very little energy and to be honest it hurt getting up and down for the first 2-3 weeks. Tell yourself you need to settle in because it's the best thing for your recovery.
     
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    so how soon will they have me dancing in the hall? i am scheduled for 830 arrival. prob surgery at 10? the thought was 4 hour surgery. so should be early in the day i wake up?


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    It all depends on the anesthesia, you'll be out a while longer with a General and awake earlier with a spinal.
     
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    leaving shortly... see you on the other side.. prayers...


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    All the best @Kathi 777 ! See you on the other side soon!
     
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    waiting on them to take me down, nerve blocks in , IV in.


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    You will be fine. I was scared to death, I am in good shape now. Best wishes.
     
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