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I had Right TKR at an outpatient surgical center on June 9. Since then I've had mostly good days and some tough days. I follow up with surgeon and PT on June 22
 
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I am right behind you. I had right tkr on June 9.
 

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Hello @Kaline56 - and :welome:

I have moved your posts from two different people's recovery threads and started a recovery thread just for you.

Each person has her/his own recovery thread,where they write about their recovery, ask questions and receive advice, so please write about you recovery in this thread from now on.

Here are our recovery guidelines - lots of helpful articles:
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.
 
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I am almost 4 weeks out from surgery and I'm still so tired. My days consist of doing simple PT exercises and simple tasks around the house. I ice and elevate often. I certainly am not over doing it, but I seem to have lost my stamina. Is this common?
 

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@Kaline56 For my last one it was a struggle to get through the day at times. It takes a lot of energy to heal. It will get better.
 

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@Kaline56 ... I remember asking the same thing when I was four weeks post op. I was stunned at how tired I felt and how quickly any energy I could muster was depleted. It’s totally normal! A friend sent this to me and it helped me remember that my body needed rest to properly heal. And like @Rick951 said, it definitely gets better with patience and time.
 

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I certainly am not over doing it, but I seem to have lost my stamina. Is this common?
It's very common. You've had major surgery and almost all your body's energy is being directed towards healing your knee, so there isn't much left for anything else.
Your body needs you to rest, to help your knee to heal.

This article explains:
Energy drain for TKRs
 

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