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Well I’m on my way with the recovery phase of tight knee TKR. The pain blocker wore off late yesterday and I’m moving even with the pain that is there. I want someone to help me figure out if I’m doing the best I can with pain meds I have. Love to get pain upon movement to the annoying #2.
I understand that it’s up to me because pain pills work differently for everyone.
 

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Welcome to the Recovery Side. You are just beginning your year-long recovery from a TKR. The following are our basic guidelines and should help get you started. As you read more on other members' recovery threads, you’ll get a better perspective of what to expect and what not to do, especially regarding PT.

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. Here is a week-by-week guide for Activity progression for TKRs


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.
 
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I had my surgery as an outpatient. The staff and doctors were so great and positive. Once I got home the real work begins. Rest, ice, elevate , and ROM given to me prior to leaving the surgery center. One tool the doctors and Anesthesiologist use to control pain is a block, that suppressed most of the pain for a day to day in one half. Now this next phase takes me a few days to get the pain meds right for my need. I have been on a med schedule since I arrived home. I know the pain won’t be there forever, it will pass, but for now I must do my best to control the pain. I have a prescription pain med and am using an over the counter.
The pain can be so different for everyone.
 

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Congrats on the new knee. The first week or so can be pretty uncomfortable even with pain meds. That's pretty normal.
 

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Congratulations on your shiny new knee. :)
 

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Congrats on your new knee. Yes, work in controlling the pain. AND resting, elevating, icing. Get that swelling down before you do much. I’m only three weeks out myself, but that’s made all the difference.
 

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Welcome to the recovery side. The first few weeks are pretty rough, it takes me a good 6 weeks to feel like life will get better. Even then there are set backs occasionally, so don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day!
 
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6 days has past, down to two prescription pain pills day, supplementing with over the counter pain pills. The night of the surgery I started stool softener and miralax daily supplementation. I would like to add it’s different for everyone, I also added sencot.
Waiting to find out if the helps.LOL
I do have good movement and I’m going to my first PT tomorrow, we’ll see how that goes. I used my Cryo cuff so much it’s now not pushing water. Any suggestions?
 

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Hi @W4529

I've moved your post, above, from your pre-op thread into your recovery thread. Please continue to post about your recovery in this thread from now on.
If you can, bookmark this thread, so you don't lose it.

It sounds as fi you're doing well. I hope the aperients work for you.

I'm afraid I have no experience with the Cryo cuff, but I'm sure someone else has used it.
 

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