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[TKR] Dolly's second knee

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Dolly Girl, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. Dolly Girl

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    Just got my second new knee at Mayo clinic in Jacksonville Florida. My surgeon, same one as first time, used a robotic assist. What a difference, recovery is much better, 10 days out and I have 99 degrees, last time it took me 8 weeks to get there. I highly recommend this new procedure .
     
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    Hi and Welcome to Bonesmart!

    That’s great that you’re doing so well!

    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.

    Knee Recovery: 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

    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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    Thanks so much, I can't figure out how to reply to the posts I'm reading.
     
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    Hi, welcome to BoneSmart.

    Scroll down to the bottom of your thread and you'll see an area you can type in, marked up as the reply area.
     
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    No need to reply to each individual message, just do what Roy said, like you must have done with your recent message. You’ll get the hang of it. :flwrysmile:
     
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    @Dolly Girl, welcome to BoneSmart. Responding is easy. Simply go to the bottom of the page you are viewing and start your message in the blank area provided. If you want to “tag” a particular member or advisor, and a “@“ in front of their name.

    You can also grab specific sections of a post to quote and then respond to using the quote and quote this message buttons below the particular post you want to mention.

    Glad your robotic assist procedure went well. Could you provide us with the specifics for both knees (date of the procedure and the type of procedure, TKR, PKR, etc)? This will be added to a signature line for you by a moderator.
     
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    @Dolly Girl Welcome to the other side again! Can you please tell us the exact date of your latest TKR and which knee was replaced. I'll pop the information in your signature for you.
     
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    Sure, it was December 12, so about 10 days ago. This site saved me 2 years ago as my flexion was slow to come around and I was hearing MUA. Thanks so much for being here.
     
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    My first TKR was 2 years ago, same surgeon. I found recovery very tough that time. My second was Dec 12 of this year.
     
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    Welcome @Dolly Girl glad to hear your op and recovery has been a bit easier I got mine done on October and getting there gradually.
     
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    @Dolly Girl, I hope this recovery goes much easier with the help of everyone here at BoneSmart!

    Could you also provide us the actual date of your first TKR, including which knee? It helps the staff to know your knee surgery history. In fact, if you’ve had other procedures on your knees before your TKRs that would also help.
     
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    Can anyone explain why it is painful to lay on your side at night?
     
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    The last time I slept this badly was when my children were babies...
     
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    Unfortunately, it's a normal thing. It must have to do with the way the muscles and tendons were all moved around. I hated it! It was about 6 weeks before I could sleep a little bit at a time on my side.
     
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    You will eventually be able to - but the first weeks are dreadful for us side sleepers. I can now sleep on my side (one side better than the other) but need a pillow to cushion the new knee.
     
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    @Dolly Girl - I've moved a post of yours from traceys's thread, as it was misplaced there.

    Unfortunately, sleep disturbance is a very common part of this recovery:
    Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

    It will get better as time passes.
    Until then, sleep where you can, how you can, and when you can. Daytime naps help to make up for sleep lost at night.
     
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    Well, I was doing pretty well this time, and woke up this morning to a swollen leg and calf pain. Went to ER and thankfully found out the problem is a large bakers cyst, no blood clot. Has anyone experienced this? Will it resolve? Thanks in advance for comments.
     
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  20. Dolly Girl

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    Thank you Jockette, does this commonly happen after TKR?
     

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