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TKR Left knee TKR 7th July 2021 & Can’t lift leg

Niagra67

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Hi, I’m 3 weeks post op, and doing ok. Found this forum, and the advice and help has been amazing! However, can’t find anything on inability to raise leg. I’m getting there with bending, and can get about on crutches, but I can’t lift me leg at all independently if I’m sitting or lying down. I have to use my sons old karate belts and look them over my foot and move my leg that way. Doing all the exercises I’ve been told to do, but still nothing. The message just isn’t getting from my brain to my leg. Can’t even raise my foot. Any and all suggestions welcome. TIA
 

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Welcome! All of a sudden, you’ll be able to lift it. I was about three weeks post-op when I was able to do so. Before that I called it my dead log leg!
 
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Thank you! Yes, that’s exactly what it feels like. Fingers crossed I can move it soon then. I can cope with it being like a log all day, but at night it drives me crazy as I can’t get comfortable and moving it manually is difficult. Thank again for your quick reply.
 

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@Niagra67 Welcome to BoneSmart! Yes the log leg can take awhile to ease. Meanwhile it sounds like you have found the creative way to deal with it. We recommend a belt from a dressing gown - similar to your solution!

I'll leave our recovery guidelines here for you.
Knee Recovery: The Guidelines
We are all different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for YOU.“ Your doctor(s), physiotherapist(s) and BoneSmart are here to help. But you have the final decision as to what approach you use.

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 Activity progression for TKRs

6. Access 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 a 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 history before providing advice.
 

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