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[TKR] Learned so much from this forum

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Annelie, May 14, 2019 at 9:58 PM.

  1. Annelie

    Annelie new member
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    This is my first post. I'm so glad to have found this forum.

    My LTKR was over 11 months ago. My new knee is working well but I still get a few twinges occasionally. I guess this is normal. My scar is still red in places and very visible.
    I now know that I have made the mistake of working way too hard because I was so concerned about internal scar tissue. No pain- no gain was my thought and it was quite painful at times.
    This October I'm going to have my right knee replaced and I will take the advice of this forum.
    It makes so much more sense. Most of all, thank you everybody for sharing your thoughts and experiences.
     
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  2. Spex10

    Spex10 post-grad

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    Oh yes. Take it easy @Annelie, veeery easy! Good luck.
     
  3. Jockette

    Jockette FORUM ADVISOR Forum Advisor

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    Hi and Welcome to Bonesmart!

    Bonesmart’s recovery approach does make so much more sense, I don’t understand why the medical professionals don’t see that.

    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.

    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
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
    don't overwork.
    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.
     
  4. sistersinhim

    sistersinhim FORUM ADVISOR Forum Advisor

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    I'm so glad you found us before your second surgery. I joined 6 months before my surgery and really benefited from it.
     
  5. Celle

    Celle FORUM ADVISOR Forum Advisor

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    Hello @Annelie - and :welome:

    Please will you tell us the full date of your knee replacement, so we can make a signature for you? Thank you.:flwrysmile:
     

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