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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by gerilari, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. gerilari

    gerilari Junior Member

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    My surgery is on March 7th and I just started the exercises today! How did I miss those? I got my packet from the doctors back in July and I guess time just slipped away. Do you think I still have time to get ready?
     
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    If you are going to do pre-op exercises, concentrate on the ones that increase your upper-body strength. You will be glad of strong arms in the early days after your surgery.

    If doing leg exercises, don't do any that increase your pain. A lot of people go into knee replacement without having done any pre-op exercises and they recover OK, too.

    This article suggest some pre-op exercises:
    Exercises for pre-TKR surgery patients
     
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  3. gerilari

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    Thank you Celle, I will do that. They didn't give me any upper body exercises but I can figure some out. I wonder why they concentrate so much on the knees? I have been waiting for new knees my whole life. I can't wait to get this thing started! One of my dreams is to be able to walk up and down stairs... one at a time. I haven't been able to do that since I was 8.
     
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    They put me in physical therapy the month before so you should be fine.

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    There are some upper body exercise at the end of that article I posted for you.
     
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    Actually if you can do the knee ones without pain, they are a good idea too. The reason that my surgeon asked me to do them was to increase strength in quads and hamstrings before surgery and, although speaking just for me, that really helped with flexion and extension afterwards. If it hurts too much though, concentrate on the upper body stuff.
     
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    Did you get the "chair push-up" exercise? That's when you're sitting in a chair, and to stand up you use your arms to push yourself up, basically. You're doing both knees, right? Having that upper body strength will be key, I think.

    I think doing any exercises beforehand can only benefit you.
     
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    Arm exercises are helpful. Even if you have little 5 or 10 lb weights you can use those sitting down. I wish I had done straight leg raises before my TKR because my quads were very weak. If they hurt don't do them, but they may help with lifting your leg during recovery.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I did get your link Lumberjack55. I'm going to do what I can but not worry too much I guess. I have a small set of hand weights so I will get a move on!
     
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    This sounds odd but I wish someone had suggested doing sit-ups before surgery. For a few days afterwards, your leg will feel like a log and it doesn't move on its own. If you're laying down and have to sit up to move the leg, it's very easy to pull a muscle. As mentioned above, you need to build up your arms so you can "lift" yourself up from a chair or toilet.
     
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    Actually anything you can do to improve general fitness before any surgery can only be a benefit.
     
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    I agree, upper body is what one needs (and I sadly lacked). Leg strength will be lost somewhat post-op anyway, and one has to live with this. Strength can be gained after healing is complete, not really before.
     
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    I didn't have pre op PT and only got the post op exercises a few weeks before surgery. I couldn't do most because of the current state of my knee. You do rely on your arms and core initially a lot.


    Right TKR 27 December 2016
     
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    Yep, arms and core! Yeah for you - getting a new lease on life :)
     
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    Going in for my pre-op physical tomorrow. Are there any questions I should ask? I am just feeling blank.
     
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    I had mine last week (I think) and I asked about what kind of anesthesia the surgeon prefers (spinal, in this case), just because I was curious. I also asked whether I would be put on Coumadin or whether he prefers to use aspirin. As you can see, I am a detail-type person. I asked whether I should leave my overnight bag with my husband to bring when he comes to see me post-op or how they handle that at the hospital.
     
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    I think I am having a spinal too. I'm on aspirin now so we'll see if they keep me on it. I'm getting more xrays and labs today also. I really want someone to explain to me how I will be standing up and sitting down without a "good" leg to use. I still need to put together my "stack-o-pillows". So much to think about....
     
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    Thanks for this thread, you motivated me. :idea: I'm going to get a trainer to work with me on core and upper body. Currently, I do deep water running and some walking so the legs seem OK except for the OA in my knees.
     
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    The nurses and PT therapists will help you to stand up at first. They'll help you get out of bed and show you how to stand and walk. You'll be using a walker, and will rely a lot on your arm strength until your legs get stronger. You won't leave the hospital until you can stand adn walk and negotiate some stairs.

    Are you having both knees done at the same time, or just one, leaving the other leg with arthritis?
    If you're having both knees done at once, you may need to go to a rehab unit for a little while.
     
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    After our 'chat' about keeping pillows in order, @gerilari, I ordered some kilt pins (large safety pins) from Amazon. They came today. This is beginning to feel real!

    How did your pre-op go today?
     
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