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I am scheduled for a partial knee replacement for tomorrow afternoon. The doctors office didn't say not to shave my legs and I shaved this morning! Then I read you shouldn't shave! I don't have any nicks so maybe it's fine.

What kind of clothes should I wear home from hospital? I am thinking a shorter sundress and flip flops...any advice?
 

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@Sqirtle Welcome to BoneSmart! They advise not to shave to prevent nicks. If you don't have any - you are fine!

Wear whatever is comfortable home. But I don't think the hospital will allow flip-flops. Sturdy, supportive shoes are best when you are out and about.

Which knee are you having surgery on tomorrow. I'll put the information in your signature for you.

All the best tomorrow!
 
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It is on my left side.

You're probably right about the flipflops...I'll try to find something else to wear. Thanks for responding! Have a great day!
 

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No mules either. I just wore slippers with backs on, and kept that up for many many weeks, getting them on and off easily is far and away the most important consideration.
 

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I did wear sandals, but they had straps that held them on my foot.

Which partial are you scheduled to get? Lateral, Patellofemoral or medial?
 

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The only issue from shaving as long as you don't have any nicks is skin sensitivity to the cleansing liquid they use pre op on your body. I had a slight skin reaction the one time I shaved a day before surgery without thinking. I wore the hospital socks with skid proof bottoms home because it was comfortable and I tend to live barefoot in the house anyways. Just make sure whatever shoes/sandals you choose are secure and not a hazard for tripping.

Best wishes for your upcoming surgery.
 
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I found some sandals that lace up and have a back. I think that should be more suitable.
Jockette I'm ashamed to admit I don't have the right medical term for my procedure. I only know it's on the inside portion of my knee. I need to do more reading it seems.
 

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Hi @Sqirtle . That's a medial PKR,

If it was the outer part of your knee joint, we'd call it a Lateral and if was done because your kneecap was the biggest problem, it would be a Patellofemoral.
 

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Best wishes for your surgery! Check back in with us when it’s over, and start a thread on the Recovery forum, when you feel up to it.


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: 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. At week 4 and after 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

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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