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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!

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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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    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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    So I was worried about my holiday to NYC due to my knee. So we have been here since Saturday. My knee has been amazing but unfortunately I have a dental abscess and my face is hugely swollen. Off to see a dentist later. I don’t know what this will mean for my knee replacement which is 2 weeks tomorrow. Feeling quite distraught by it all at the moment
     
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    Oh wow, if it’s not one thing it’s something else. Call your surgeon and see what they say.
     
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    Oh dear, not what you need. I don't think they'll do it if you have any sign of infection. My hospital rang me 5 and 2 days before my surgery to check I didn't have anything, even an insect bite. I don't know how much time they like to leave after antibiotics and you may be ok, but on the positive side, it's much better this has come out now rather than your having a low grade infection you weren't aware of that might have caused problems. It's disappointing when you've geared yourself up for a specific date though. It's a shame your birthday celebrations have been spoiled too. I hope it soon clears up. :console2:
     
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    Thanks for the support. I am now in hospital awaiting cat scan and having IVABS. Not quite what I had planned. I will call my surgeon when I am back in the uk and I know exactly what is happening!
     
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    What is IVABS?

    I'm guessing you mean IV antibiotics, but please don't use abbreviations without explanation.
    The abbreviations we do allow without further explanation are listed here:
    abbreviations and acronyms
     
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    Sorry! I am a nurse and it’s a habit. Yes intravenous antibiotics.
     
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    How are you doing? We're getting close to the day. I'm getting more and more nervous. Hope the IV helped and your good now.
     
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    Hi Julie. Back in the uk now. Feeling better. Will see dentist on Monday and feed back to my consultant what she says. I was feeling nervous but in my head now it will be delayed so I’m not thinking about it. How are you doing?
     
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    Hoping your appointment goes well and can keep your date. I'm doing ok getting more nervous. Trying to work as much as possible til the 5th. Praying your appt goes ok
     
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    So all ok at the dentist. Called pre-op assessment who were happy for me to come in as arranged. Relieved but now terrified! I now have to blitz the house!
     
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    So glad your appt went good.
     
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    Starting to feel quite anxious now!! Felt I was about organised but now my fathers operation has been rearranged to the same day as mine and my parents were going to look after the children. Not the end of the world, it just means I will be alone at the hospital!!
     
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    Can you call a friend to come to the hospital? That’s sad that you’ll be alone. :console2:

    And I’m sorry your dad needs a surgery also.
     

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