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Lateral partial knee replacement in March

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by catkin69, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. NavyGunns

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    @catkin69, I just stumbled on your pre-op thread. I don’t visit this area as often as I should. I had my PKR for my left lateral last April 16th (almost 1 year). Recovery is pretty much the same as for TKR although you may find some aspects to be quicker. My comments here are not meant to scare you or to cause you to change your decision (getting my PKR was the best decision I’ve made). However, the more you know about what you have in store, the better prepared you will be.

    The overall pain, inability to sleep, etc will most likely be the same or at least very similar. You may find you are able to get up and walk with any support a bit quicker, then again you might not. I ended up looking at my PKR recovery as if I had a TKR.

    Feel free to read up on my recovery (link is in my signature below) to get some idea of what to expect. If you have questions, ask away. If you don’t mind, I’ve tagged your thread so I can better keep up on your progress and to see where / how I might be able to help.

    Good luck and most of all, keep a positive outlook throughout this whole process. It may be hard at times, but being positive, not letting anxiety get to you will help your recovery tremendously!

    NG
     
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    This is very true. You have to read the directions carefully. There are limitations, such as:

    1. Only use on flat, smooth non-porous surfaces (they're usually listed).
    2. They don't recommend using on fiberglass as some fiberglass isn't flat enough.
    3. Some products will list glass as a suitable surface, but Lowe's does not recommend using on frameless glass enclosers. ONLY use on framed glass with at least 3/16ths thick glass (pretty standard). Check with a specialist if you have doubts.
    4. Always test it out prior to surgery.
    5. Always remove and replace prior to each use.
    6. Don't let suction cups overlap over grout lines, it will not hold securely. Don't overlap fake grout lines on one piece shower stalls.
    7. Remember these things are designed for a small amount of stability. You wouldn't want to try to lift yourself up from a shower chair, it won't hold. An Amazon reviewer told me she uses one all the time and loves it, but her husband tried to lift himself off a chair and pulled it off the wall...NOT RECOMMENDED!
    8. Use common sense.
    9. If you have a way to, use the kind that get screwed into the wall. I don't want to make holes in a one-piece fiberglass enclosure so I have no choice. Plus I've read enough reviews and spoke to Lowe's, so I feel comfortable trying it out for a week before surgery. I plan on putting it on the thin glass panel next to the door. My shower stall is 3/16ths framed glass.
    10. Clean and dry surface thoroughly before using.
    11. Some reviewers claim their fiberglass walls in hall baths are smooth enough and they work great. Again try it before you actually need it.
    Good luck. I'm stuck in the middle of a snow blizzard right now so I hope my schedule doesn't get messed up.
     
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  3. catkin69

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    Thanks @NavyGunns . I have had a quick skim through your post-op thread. I will have another in depth look while I am on leave the next couple of weeks.
    I have had pre-op today. All went well. Just the blood test results to come through.
    Its a lovely hospital. I am hoping for just a one night stay but if its longer its a pleasant place to be!
    Just about finished packing as off to New York tomorrow for early 50th birthday celebrations. It was booked before my knee became such state so I am hoping I can still have a fabulous time.
     
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    @catkin69, by NY, assuming you mean NYC? Being originally from western NY, I like to confirm rather than assume, especially since there is so much more to see in the state other than just NYC. Enjoy your trip!
     
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    @NavyGunns Yes the city!
     
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    I tried the suction grip handle out today, and it works great. It's on glass. Seems pretty secure. The product I used is called: "Changing Lifestyles Safe-er-Grip 11.5" Balance Assist Bar" by MHI (Engineered and designed in the USA). Available at Lowes and Amazon.
     
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