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First, and hopefully only, knee replacement - 5.15.17

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by twopoodles, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. twopoodles

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    Hello,

    I'm 49 years old, and finally have had enough of the pain that has been a part of my life since I injured my knee at age 14. My surgery is on 5.15.17, and I'd love to share my journey with someone.
     
  2. Celle

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    Welcome, @twopoodles

    Here is some pre-op information for you:

    Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

    If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
    Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
    Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
    Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

    Regardless of where you are in the process, the website and app My Knee Guide can help you stay organized and informed. The free service keeps all the information pertaining to your surgery and recovery in one place on your smartphone. It is intended to be a personal support tool for the entire process.

    And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:
    Stories of amazing knee recoveries


    And this is the approach that we recommend for recovery - together with some useful and informative articles:
    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.
     
  3. KarriB

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    You can share your journey with all the BoneSmart members. Welcome!
     
  4. jboles

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    Hello @twopoodles . my LTKR is schedule for May 15 also. I'm also located in NC. Hope we both have successful surgeries.
     
  5. SusieShoes

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    I'll be around to share your journey, too. My BTKR is on May 10, so I'll be recovering along with you. Do you have poodles? I ask because my sweet girl is a standard poodle. :smile2:
     
  6. sistersinhim

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    We are all like a big family on here. You will have loads of people around to try and relate with you and to help you through this journey of yours. You will be glad you did it in a few months! Take from one that knows. It is worth it!
     
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