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January 7th for RTKR

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by DebP, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. DebP

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    Looking forward to this, I know there will be a challenge but I am already living with challenges just trying to work and have a quality of life with this damaged knee. Look forward to posting and reading other posts about this subject.
     
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    Welcome to Bone Smart!!!

    I have added your surgery date to your signature as posted in this thread title Right TKR January 7, 2019. I notice you have another pre op thread with the left leg listed.
    Please clarify which knee is being replaced so we can correct your signature?
    Thanks!

    Here is the pre op reading for you.

    New BoneSmart members like you are in various stages of their journey to joint replacement. Making the decision whether or not to have surgery and preparing for surgery can be easier once you have done your research and know what lies ahead. Here are some tools that can help you decide what is best for you.

    If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:

    Score Chart: How bad is my arthritic knee?
    Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
    BMI Calculator - What to do if your surgeon says you're too heavy for joint replacement surgery
    Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?


    If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:

    Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
    Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
    Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?


    Regardless of where you are in the process, the website and app My Knee Guide can help you stay organized and informed. The free service keeps all the information pertaining to your surgery and recovery in one place on your smartphone. It is intended to be a personal support tool for the entire process.

    And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:

    Stories of amazing knee recoveries
     
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    With your surgery in less than a week here is the post op reading to help you prepare for recovery.

    Here is your copy of the recovery guidelines, the articles are short and will not take long to read.

    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
    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. At week 4 and after you should follow this

    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 a 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 history before providing advice.
     
  4. DebP

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    I am now post op day 5 as of today. I had the left knee replaced on the 7th . The hospital experience was the bomb. Was surprised at my mobility the day after when I was released. Pain is a given. Have family staying with me to help with ADLs. MD said the left knee was trashed. Working hard to do home exercises grateful to not overdo it. Really appreciate this site for informztion. Feeling board and antsy at times. Thank you for the support.
     
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    Welcome to recovery, @DebP . Please will you start a recovery thread in the Knee Replacement Recovery Area, so we can follow your progress there? Thank you. :flwrysmile:
     

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