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[TKR] Gecko's recovery

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by gecko, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. gecko

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    Hi, went to theatre at 11.30am, back to ward by 3pm no pain so far but very sleepy will post in the morning:sleep:
     
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    Best Wishes!

    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.
     
  3. scruffydog

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    Yay Gecko !!
    I’m a day ahead of you - and I remember sleepy well !!

    Have a great day !! Healing time !!!
     
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    Good wishes on your new knee!
     
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    Hey Gecko!
    You did it! Welcome to recovery!:flwrysmile:
     
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    I just saw your costume in the pre op forum and posted there.

    You all must go over there and see it!
     
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    Am I reading this right 13 days later you are having right done?
     
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    I was wondering about that!
     
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    Glad you're on the recovery side!!!

    Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
     
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    Good sleeping and good healing!
     
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    Best wishes!
     
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    Glad to see you on the other side!
     
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    Best wishes gecko!
     
  14. gecko

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    Thank you for all your well wishes , still in hospital trying to get pain under control, and a racing heart beats not helping
    And yes @Softtail I am having my other knee done in 11days.
    I am using the CPM machine 3 x a day usually it is set up by the nursing staff ,and have reached 60 degree bend and complete extension, it is painful at 60 so I am getting ready to say NO tomorrow when they will want to increase the bend again, my physio is very understanding and listens to me with her help I am sure I will be able to be discharged,
     
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    @gecko Wishing all the best with your recovery. :yes!::yay::spin::dancy:
     
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    I think you are smart to take control of the cpm machine and any increases. I hated the cpm---it "walked" off my bed carrying me with it!! But right now, the most important thing is to rest. for the first two weeks I spent 80% of my time in bed with the knee elevated. I was sleepy from the pain meds, so time passes in a daze.
     
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    I’m glad they’re keeping you until pain and heart rate is under control. That’s why I ended up in the ER 10 days after surgery.... racing heartbeat due to pain not being managed.

    We’re all here for you. And I can’t get your costume out of my mind! So darn funny!
     
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    Great Costume... I love it!!!! :wowspring::wowspring::giggle::giggle:
     
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    If it's hurting, it's not doing any good. It will be upsetting and inflaming your wounded soft tissues, which could slow down your recovery.

    If it was me, I'd be asking to have the bend decreased until it doesn't hurt.
     
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  20. gecko

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    That is exactly what will happen @Celle, did not help that I was not given my anti inflammatory's yesterday, I realised last evening and asked to take them there and then this morning woke up a different person up and showered by 7am sitting out in the chair:angel:
     
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