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Bone Spur

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I am preparing for total knee replacement surgery on May 22nd and I wanted to be able to commiserate with others on my journey.
 

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Hello @Bone Spur - and :welome:
Please will you tell us which knee is being replaced, so we can make a complete signature for you? Thank you.:flwrysmile:

I will make your signature and copy your post, to the May Marvels list, so your name can be added.
The May Marvels list is here:
2019 May Marvels - Are you having knee surgery in May?
You'll see a list of people who are having surgery in the same month as you.

Here is some pre-op reading, to help you prepare for your surgery:
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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I am getting a left TKR on May 15th. Best of luck!
 

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you are both a couple of weeks ahead of me (4th June) so will be following you to see what i can expect - good luck
 

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Thank you for the additional information. I've added it to your signature.

By the way, you don't have to quote a message in order to reply to it. Just go down to the bottom of the page and start typing in the box where it says "write your reply".

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@Bone Spur
I had a knee replacement on 1st March. Whilst I have found recovery slower than the 2 hip replacements I had last year that seems to be fairly common.
Although the time it is taking is frustrating (the OS did warn me it's a longer recovery) I can't really complain. Pre op I could only walk a few paces, anything else required a wheelchair. Now I can walk a mile, albeit slowly, without pain.
So, be patient and I am sure you will be pleased with the result.
 
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I appreciate the encouragement I have received thus far. I am beginning to have butterflies in my stomach about everything and getting nervous. I am pretty independent and it bothers me to have to depend on someone to help me. I just want to be left alone to recuperate by myself. My surgery is on Wednesday, May 22nd. I am told I will probably be in the hospital until Friday. Any thoughts on my being able to go home to my apartment on Saturday or Sunday to be by myself?
 

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Going home depends on your achieving certain things in hospital.
These include being able to get out of bed and back in again independently, walking to and from the bathroom, toileting, and managing stairs. You should also be on a medication regime that controls your pain properly.

You'll need to be sure you can make yourself a hot drink and a simple meal, too.
 
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Thank you Celle. I plan to work hard while in the hospital to achieve the results you mention. Thanks for all of the time and advice you share with the forum. I look forward to hearing from you, and others, in the future.
 

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Thank you Celle. I plan to work hard while in the hospital to achieve the results you mention.
You don't have to work hard at this recovery. You will have help in the hospital and you will be shown how to do the things you need to do, so you can be discharged home. They don't want to keep you any longer than they have to.

Recovery will happen all by itself, if you give your body the right conditions to heal.
TKR: work “smarter” and not “harder”
 

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I found a great help when I was home alone, was a little bag attached to my walker. I could carry a bottle of water, soda or whatever from point A to point B.
 

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@Bone Spur I am scheduled for my right TKR on Thurs, 5/23.

That will be 6 weeks after my left TKR so I now have some idea how it should go.

I am in CT and where I had mine done they only keep you over one night, unless that are complications. They really stress having someone with you at home for 24 hours once released but you may not have that requirement if you stay in the hospital for a few days.

I also don’t much care for others doing for me. My wife helped a bit in the beginning but knew once I showed I can do things, she left me alone.

Let me know if I can answer any questions. Not an expert but I have been thru it in the states. Really the hospital part is the easy part. The hard part is when you get home!

Best of luck my friend!
 
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Thank you jeffbob. I really appreciate your response. I am resigned to being at my sister's home for a few days. Then I hope I can go home and tend to myself. Keep us posted on your right knee replacement. Best of luck for a successful procedure.
 

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Hey guys,

By the time you read this both of you would have been done. Hope all went well and look forward to following your progress. Good luck.
 
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