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TKR Knee replacement on 10/28/21

Sosie Leah

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I just entered my one month since left knee replacement. My biggest complaint is the compression stockings. They make me claustrophobic and I almost get panic attacks when I wear them which is usually 8 am-8pm. My doctor recommends 6 weeks in the stockings but I have been to outpatient pt 5 x already, am driving, walking up and down stairs and feel relatively good. Except for the indentions on my legs from these compression hose, I am very satisfied with my recovery. Any suggestions about the hose very welcome!!
 

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@Sosie Leah , My surgeon doesn't use compression hose at all anymore. Put me on 81 mg aspirin twice a day for 3 weeks instead. Once that was over he told me to just take a 81 mg aspirin daily. I was happy not to wear them.
 

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I never was given them and I had bilaterals and had to fly home 3 days post op. I was on ASA 200mg daily for 6 weeks and now I'm 9 weeks post op with no issues. I too was happy to not have to wear them.
 

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Call your doctor‘s office and tell them all you are able to do and that the stockings are too tight and hopefully they will release you from wearing them.

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.

Just keep in mind all people are different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for you.“ Your doctors, PTs and BoneSmart are available to help, but you are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.

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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Please give us the surgery date for your right knee replacement and we’ll add it to your signature for you. :flwrysmile:
 

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@Sosie Leah
Hi wow you are doing sooo well! Congratulations!
The compression stockings are just another pain in the bum.. or rather leg.
I have a clotting disorder factor v Leiden so am wary about not wearing them but my surgical leg one really digs in and at night I feel like ripping them off. They do make you feel claustrophobic I agree.
My saving grace is when hubby takes them off for me in a morning and rubs my legs I swear I must sound like Sally in when Harry met Sally film!
I hope you get your doctor to re- think your having to wear them.
I will just have to think how quickly two weeks will pass and how much my husband will then miss Sally!
Take care
 

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