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Surgery was uneventful (knew one of the operating nurses which helped the my anxiety)’. Just did my first complete revolution on the bike yesterday. Rode 15 miles day before surgery. My new world
 

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:welome: to recovery, @Flpickleballer .

I'm glad things ar going well.

Here's your post-op reading:
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!)​

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. 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

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Wow that was fast (I only completed my first full cycling pedal series revolutions yesterday), but you cycled heavily pre-surgery. Wishing you continued success! Keep us posted.
 
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Four weeks post TKR tomorrow. Manageable pain. Seem to be on schedule. Doctor and PT disagree on OTC pain medication. Doctor says Aleve—Ibuprofen to control inflammation . PT says Tylenol ( inflammation is good)’. REALLY.... If you research a lot you will find completely contradictory information on most everything. Rest ... Ice... elevation...Gentle and Forceful (not painful) stretching.....Good luck too all..... When can I play Pickle Ball again?...
 

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@Flpickleballer,
You'll notice that I have merged your newest post with your original recovery thread. For several reasons, we prefer that you only have one recovery thread:
  • That way, we have all your information in one place. This makes it easier to go back and review your history before providing advice.
  • If you keep starting new threads, you miss the posts and advice others have left for you in the old threads, and some information may be unnecessarily repeated
  • Having only one thread will act as a diary of your progress that you can look back on.
So please post any updates, questions or concerns about your recovery here. If you prefer a different thread title, just post what you want and we'll get it changed for you.
If you need an urgent response to a question, just tag a member of staff.

Many members bookmark their thread in their computer browser, so they can find it when they log on.
 

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When can I play Pickle Ball again?...
This is like asking how long is a string?
Everyone heals at a differently, every knee heals at its own pace. You will be able to play Pickleball when your knee is ready. There is no time line. It could be at 3 to 6 months, or a year or more.

Both your MD and PT are right, you want to have inflammation, it is what brings all the healing factors to the wound site, but too much inflammation can lead to excessive swelling and pain.
Your MD wants to have controlled inflammation, ask your MD about taking both, Tylenol and Aleve together usually does not cause a problem in the short term.
 
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I was a serious cyclist before TKR. Daily ride 15-20 miles. What joy it was to complete one revolution on the bike at PT (after some effort). Now riding three easy sessions of 10 minutes each..... One day at a time......
 

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If your doctor agrees with the ibuprofen/acetaminophen regimen, I thought it might be nice to know it worked well for me.
 

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