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[TKR] Day 1 in Pittsburgh

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by jellycats, Apr 16, 2019 at 1:39 PM.

  1. jellycats

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    Left TKR. Surgery went well and I’ve had three successful shorty walks (2 to the bathroom and 1 to just outside room and back). First “official” PT tomorrow morning. If I continue to manage pain, very good chance I can go home tomorrow afternoon. I have walked with a limp for years, sort of hiking up left leg and swinging forward, so it’s a real education to try and walk slowly but correctly. The only exercises I am doing are ankle pumps, tightening butt muscle, and tightening quad. “Don’t do anything that hurts” is the message. I know tougher days and weeks are ahead, but I’m trying to stay focused on one day at a time. Continue to heal well, my friends!
     
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    Hello @jellycats - and :welome: to recovery.

    “Don’t do anything that hurts” is an excellent message, and it's right in line with the approach that BoneSmart recommends.

    Here is the Recovery reading that we give to everyone with a new knee:
    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
    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 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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    @jellycats
    I'm so pleased that everything seems to have gone well. I too have walked with a limp for years and it's quite difficult to retrain. With a knee that isn't bending a lot at the moment I find I need to concentrate hard when walking.
    Physio advice yesterday was heel first and then roll right through the foot imagining the toes digging in sand as you walk. This last piece of advice is really making a difference and my toes in the sand gives a bend to the knee as I walk.
    Wishing you well
     
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    @jellycats , you made it! Sounds like things are going well :) It's amazing how despite this intense surgery, you can walk on your new knee right away, isn't it? Hallelujah for pain meds!!! Hoping you will soon be nested in your own cozy bed at home later today. The first week is tough for most. Stay ahead of the pain :thumb:
     
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    Congratulations knee sister! I hope you get to go home today where you can rest comfortably.
     
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    Good luck with your recovery.


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