TKR My countdown begins 4 weeks and counting

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Hi all having my knee replacement done on the 21st of February. It’s been a long time coming after suffering since my teens with multiple dislocations of the patella and pain in my knees. I need both done but first my right knee.

A little nervous mostly that I won’t be able to do the things I do now. I do track racing so hopefully I will get back to that soon.

Great forum btw so much info on here
 

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Hello and Welcome to BoneSmart! Thanks for joining us and for your kind words in regard to the forum.

I’m sorry for all you’ve endured with your knees over the years. Thankfully relief is on the way through joint replacement. I think you‘ll be surprised by what you’ll be able to do once you’ve healed from both TKR surgeries. We’ll be here for support and to answer questions to the best of our ability. I wish you comfort as you await your surgery. :)

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Good luck! That date will be here before you know it!
 

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I had a TKR on September 12, 2022. You will get through this, it just takes time. I have a couple of suggestions:
Get an ice machine, (I got mine on Amazon). It is invaluable. Get frozen water bottles instead of ice and rotate them out with new ones. I am 20 weeks out and still use my ice machine at least once a day.

Secondly, I found sleeping in the recliner so much easier than sleeping in the bed. It was easier to get up during the night and more comfortable on the knee. I think I didn't get to back the bed until about 7 weeks. Now, I'm a stomach sleeper so that also made it hard.

Take your pain meds as directly, especially right after surgery. Mine said to take 1-2 every 4-6 hours for pain. I tried to take just 1 every 6 hours and the pain got away from me. You don't want to do that. Make sure you drink lots of water and eat prunes to help prevent constipation.

I hope you have a great recovery and that others are rooting for you!
 
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Evening all

Thanks everyone for the comments

I had my pre op today and it went well, I was told to get a game ready machine so have booked one for 3 weeks so hopefully that will help post op

A lot of my questions were answered today so while I’m not saying I’m looking forward to the op it will be great to get it done and start on the road to recovery
 

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I was told to get a game ready machine so have booked one for 3 weeks so hopefully that will help post op
I used a game ready ice machine for my recovery and I LOVED it. So easy to use and you can set a timer to turn it on and off, and set the cold level where it is most comfortable.

One tip: it consumes ice like crazy, so rather than using ice cubes, you'll want to freeze a bunch of small water bottles or containers. The ice lasts longer when it's frozen in a large block. I had two sets -- when I replaced the melted set with the frozen set, they went right back into the freezer so there was always ice ready.
 

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