TKR Nervous but confident

Dustier

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I'm 66 years old and my total knee replacement is set for July 22nd. I'm nervous about surgery and I know that's normal. I'm confident that its the right thing to do. My Doctor will be using the robotic assisted system. I honestly wish I could watch. Anyway, I kinda know I will be needing you guys for info and support. So, in advance....Thank you!
 

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Hello @Dustier- and :welome:

Thank you for telling us your surgery date. Which knee is it, by the way? I'll add that to your signature later.

We'll be here to help you through this, with information and virtual support

Here's a little pre-op reading for you:

Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:
Stories of amazing knee recoveries
 

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And this is the approach to recovery that we recommend. It's a long recovery, so you'll need a lot of patience.

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
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. Try to 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.
 

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Welcome and best wishes for your soon to be surgery. Being nervous, as you say, is normal. I know I was and at the same time I looked forward to getting rid of that pain and being able to walk easily again. Knowing it is the right thing makes it easier to deal with the surgery and recovery. For me recovery was working toward something better and that helped me through it. I found bonesmart before my first replacement and reading the articles and stories of recoveries and also posting and sharing really helped me.
 

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I’m not sure that reading some of the horror stories on here of very long difficult recoveries makes me more paranoid.
I’ve benefited from the advice of “just do normal things”. Keeps me calmer and not so focused on every twinge. But I’m almost three months out. Quit PT after reading lots of advice on here about managing our own.

good luck...it’s not easy....but relax and give yourself plenty of time.
 

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