TKR DCH Recovery Adventure

DCH

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Finally had Left knee replacement at the end of September. Outpatient surgery. Now at 5 weeks and doing pretty well. I am not having any PT- My surgeon uses the Force Therapeutics app and I follow the exercise regimen prescribed in the app. I'm riding a stationary bike for 30 mins a day and mainly concentrating on flexion and extension AND relearning how to walk without a limp ( I had a 15 degree flexion contracture pre op). Walking is slow and deliberate - heel toe. My pain is minimal, no pain meds except at night when I take paracetamol. Not sleeping great, but I know I am in good company. I went back to work 8 days post op- I teach online full time- so no standing and I work from home. The biggest challenge going back to work was making sure I didn't sit for too long. Overall, I feel pretty optimistic about my progress :)
 

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Hi and Welcome! You’re coming along great!

I will leave you our Recovery Guidelines. Each article is short but very informative. Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.

Just keep in mind all people are different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for you.“ Your doctors, PTs and BoneSmart are available to help, but you are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.

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!)​
If you want to use something to help heal the incision,
BoneSmart recommends hypochlorous solution. Members in the US can purchase ACTIVE Antimicrobial Hydrogel through BoneSmart at a discount. Similar products should be available in the UK and other countries.​

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 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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Happy Two Month Anniversary!
With any luck your sleep has improved over the past few weeks since you posted. I hope work is going well for you and you're able to take well needed breaks to move around a bit.
We'd love to hear how you're doing as time allows. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
@DCH
 

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