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[TKR] Left Total Knee Replacement done 5/15/19

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by fenway09, May 17, 2019 at 10:27 AM.

  1. fenway09

    fenway09 junior member
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    Finally......the anticipation of the surgery is behind me. All went well and as surgeon put it.......it was unremarkable. I had a femoral block along with General A ......I had 125 ROM and about 14 extension post PT session yesterday as the nerve block had not worn off. Today is a totally different story. So much pain and swelling and aching. I cannot lift my leg without an assist from my good leg. Did my morning exercises to the best of my ability. Have VNA- PT coming at 2pm for an evaluation and then will start next week with visits. I have the ICEMAN cuff which is a Godsend. Also have the Colpac industrial Gel Ice packs for under my thigh. The thigh is so sore from the tourniquet they used during the operation. I didn't get much forewarning about that pain prior to surgery. I have already cried twice today. One day at a time. I look forward to sharing my experience and seeing how others are recovering. :alarm:
     
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  2. Irish471

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    @fenway09 , it is a big relief to have finally gotten to the other side after surgery is over. We all do lots of crying the first couple of weeks. No one is truly prepared for the kind of pain this surgery brings. I even thought, "dear God, I think I just make the biggest mistake of my life!" I didn't. It all gets better :console2: One of the forum moderators will be sending you recovery reading and reassurances. This forum has been such a wonderful thing!
     
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  3. fenway09

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    Thank you so much for the cheer.....those same thoughts that you spoke of crossed my mind earlier.......but I trust it will get better......more pain to get less pain eventually. :angel:
     
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    Welcome to recovery, @fenway09 .
    The first few days are hard, but it's important to get your pain medication regime sorted out, so that your pain is controlled.

    Don't worry about doing your exercises. right now, ankle pumps are important, but your nee doesn't need a lot more exercise. For now, walking is all it needs.
    It's not exercising that gets you your ROM - it's time. Time to recover, time for swelling and pain to settle, and time to heal. Your ROM is there right from the start, just waiting for all that to happen, so it can show itself.

    Here's your recovery reading:
    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 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.
     
  5. Cynof4

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    @fenway09,
    So glad to hear you are on the recovery side and on the mend! I'll be watching your recovery thread closely as we have such similar knee histories. As much as I think I am preparing myself, I'm sure there will be more than a few tears shed on the journey as well. I've always told others I'd rather feel deeply than not feel at all, but orthopedic pain? That's another story!!!
    Rest, ice and elevate my friend!:flwrysmile:
    ~Cynthia
     
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