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New here, TKR Monday the 4th and so anxious

FrradyCat

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I'm not normally a fraidy cat, but am for this! I had a cardiac stent placed this past March, but got a "low to moderate" risk assessment from cardiologist and the ok to get the replacement. (Been waiting 3 years to hit our insurance deductible).
Being a Dr. Google, I have scared the bejezzes out of myself reading about complications when also a cardiac pt.
I'm having a spinal, and will have plenty of help for a couple weeks once home. I'm just scared.
Anyone else really scared beforehand
 
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I think everyone is always a wee bit afraid of the unknown and unfortunately Dr. Google usually makes things worse. I Like you initially googled a lot regarding knee replacement, I even went as far as watching a video on You tube ( not recommended,) actually I saw 2 minutes and realized it wasn't a good idea.
I would suggest speaking to your doctor or surgeon tell him your fears ( You won't be the first)
I wanted a GA but the anethesist insisted on a spinal - actually it was probably the best as recovery is really quick, a weird sensation I couldn't see anything but I heard the procedure (drilling and all ) but it didn't relate to me as I had no sensation from my waist down plus they must have given me a sedative as the 90 minutes passed in a flash. Shortly after I was back in the ward with a nice cuppa, and my husband waiting.
Your surgeon wouldn't recommend you for a knee replacement if he didn't think you are up for it.
My advice is - turn off Dr. Google be positive and think of the good times ahead and if in doubt chat to Bonesmarties and your doctor.
Wishing you the best of luck for your forthcoming operation :)
 
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Thanks for the encouragement. I've watched several you tubes, I gotta know details. Lol. A blessing and a curse.
 

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FradyCat,
Welcome to BoneSmart, glad you joined us! :welome:
Almost everyone is nervous and fearful approaching their surgery date. You will find plenty of support here on BoneSmart.

To help you prepare, here is a copy of the recovery guidelines, the articles are short and will not take long to read.

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. At week 4 and after you should follow this

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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Nerves are very normal. I think the waiting can be the hard part. I found the nurses and surgical staff wre very professional and reassuring, which helped a lot. Best wishes!
 

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Praying for a successful surgery and a new and improved quality of life for you. Cheers!
 

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