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TKR January 30th my big day.

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My count down is getting close, three more days, feeling nervous, wish me luck.
 

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Best of luck! I will be watching for your recovery posts & cheering you on
 

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Best wishes for the 30th.

Here's an advance copy of the post-op recovery 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. 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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Not that you need it, but I wish you good luck.
Just don't forget to take your most positive attitude with you, it will serve you well.
 

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Me too, 30th January. Not looking forward to it, but I know what happens as it’s my second one. difficult first few days then improving although poor sleep and some tears. After a few weeks, beginning to get back to normal. All worth it in the end. My right knee is now doing well, no pain, very strong. Good luck!
 

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The waiting drove me nuts! Recovery can be slow, can be a crazy quilt of challenges, and can be made a little more bearable by sharing your story with us. I hope it all goes smoothly.
 

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