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[TKR] DLR recovery #2

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by DLR, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. DLR

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    First knee replacement done. Nerve block is slowly coming out. Getting pain meds on schedule. Surgeon was happy therefore so am I
     
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    @DLR, welcome to the other side! Good to see that you and your OS are happy!
     
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    Best wishes!
     
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    Welcome! Glad to see you on the recovery side and alert enough to post! I was out of it the first few days. I’m going to leave you the recovery guidelines. You’ll find useful information and what to expect from recovery. Take particular note of the activity progression chart, I found it followed my recovery closely.

    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. Here is a week-by-week guide for Activity progression for TKRs


    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.
     
  5. DLR

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    Well nerve block finally came out last evening. Nurses are good at asking about pain. Got up to the bathroom last night and this morning but my bladder is still sleepy so inout catheter. Physio will be in today...and yes already more painful than a hip, I suspect because knees swell more.
     
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    Yay! You did it! On with the healing process. Sending blessings that it is uneventful!
     
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    I had bladder issues, too, during the night after surgery and needed a one time catheter. The nurse said it was from the anesthesia.
     
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    Thanks @beachy and @Jockette . They tell me not to worry the spinal can do this. Just frustrating when you feel the urge, hobble to the washroom and nothing happens
     
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    Bladder woke up this afternoon. Walking in the hall and doing bed exercises. OS discharging me home tomorrow.
     
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    That’s good news! Hope you made it to bathroom in time :heehee:
    How does the hall walking feel?
     
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    @beachy Yes I made it without trickling :). The walk felt not too bad, tiring but accomplished.
     
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    Good luck with going home tmrw. You will feel better in your own home.
     
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    It will be so good when you get into your on home! You can be in charge of your on meds, and your own walking! Just be careful to not overdo!
     
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    I am almost to my four week period. Even though you will have your days, it really does goes quickly. Good luck to you and you will be fine. This is a great site for help.
     
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    @DLR , when I have my revision, I hope they let me have the catheter for 1 1/2- 2 days. I have a weak bladder!
    @DLR, did you have a spinal and a nerve block plus a light general anesthetic?
     
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    @Cementless yes I did have spinal, nerve block and I don't want to know what's happening drugs... worked well
     
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    Discharged home...so tired, no good sleep in a ward room
     
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    I’m glad you’re home! :console2:
     
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    @DLR Hope that these first few days go well for you. I am surprised thus far, by the increase in pain for my TKR versus my THR; is it the same for you? My anesthesia regimen sounds similar to yours and I also had a catheter, which came out Day after surgery. Didn’t have that the first time, so my first walk after my hip replacement was to my bathroom! Now my big concern is the awful opioid induced constipation. Hoping for “results” tomorrow after a dessert of prunes (not a fan).
    I plan to put some other thoughts in my recovery thread about my experience in these first few days. I am wondering if you agree with my thoughts, if you happen to read my recovery thread. My best to you: Kathy


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    @Kathy0427 i am also seeking a visit from the poop fairy lol. I am reading your thread. Today I am mostly exhausted, napping a lot. I had my first in home physio visit. Mostly she wants me to do static quads, heel slides and pumps.
     

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