Watch 2019 JRAD Videos

TKR Grammie9's Recovery Thread

Grammie9

new member
Joined
Jan 29, 2020
Messages
2
Age
76
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
I wish my recovery was "one, two, three." I know everyone is different but I am 11 weeks out of my left TKR and I’m still using a walker. I’m stiff and my ROM is 120. I wake up every hour like I have restless leg syndrome. My thighs are so tight. They are so painful to touch. When I walk without cane or walker, I’m bent over. Doc says everything looks good ???? I'm still in PT. Any suggestions? I’m 76 and was very active before.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Jamie

ADMINISTRATOR
Senior Administrator
Joined
Mar 24, 2008
Messages
59,154
Age
71
Location
Kansas
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
Hi, Grammie9 .... welcome to BoneSmart. I'm sorry to hear you're feeling bad about your recovery. Sometimes it just takes a while and patience is needed.

It's also possible that you've been pushing yourself a bit too much with exercise and/or your therapy. Have you had this level of discomfort for a while or is it new? Tell us a bit about what a normal day looks like for you right now.
 

Celle

MODERATOR
Moderator
Joined
Nov 19, 2011
Messages
37,694
Age
78
Location
New Zealand
Gender
Female
Country
New Zealand New Zealand
@Grammie9 - I've copied your post from the thread in the Hip Surgery Pre-Op Area and started a recovery thread for you, here in the Knee Surgery Recovery Area.
Please continue to post about your recovery in this thread from now on.

Please will you tell us the full date of your knee replacement and which knee it is, so we can make a signature for you? Knowing the exact date will help us to advise you appropriately in the future.
Thank you.:flwrysmile:

Recovery from a knee replacement is harder than recovery from a hip replacement. That's because the knee is a more complex joint than the hip.
TKR or THR: which is more difficult surgery for recovery?

It's not unusual to still need a walker at 11 weeks after surgery. There's no deadline by which you should be off it. YOU shouldn't give it up until you can walk normally without it.

Your flexion is excellent. Can you also straighten your leg fully?

You don't need any more PT exercises to help your knee to bend, but now is the time to ask your therapist to concentrate more in helping you to achieve a normal gait without bending over.

It does sound to me as if you have been doing too much during the daytime. That's often the cause of pain and restlessness at night time. Check your activities against this article:
Activity progression for TKRs

Complete recovery from a knee replacement takes a full year, although you will be able to do most things long before then. Recovery is a marathon, not a sprint, so you need to pace yourself.

I'll give you our Recovery Guidelines in my next post. Do read therm all, because they are very useful.
 

Celle

MODERATOR
Moderator
Joined
Nov 19, 2011
Messages
37,694
Age
78
Location
New Zealand
Gender
Female
Country
New Zealand New Zealand
And here are the promised guidelines:
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. Try to 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

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.
 

BoneSmart #1 Best Blog

Staff online

Members online

Forum statistics

Threads
50,526
Messages
1,367,670
BoneSmarties
31,723
Latest member
Harryrightknee
Recent bookmarks
0

Top Bottom