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Well I am on the other side from right TKR and it is way different than my left TKR. That one I sort of breezed through, this one not so much. I had the last surgery of the day and it was delayed an hour and a half.

I had the spinal again but whole new experience as I woke up to the sounds of surgery (but didn't care due to the drugs). In recovery the freezing wore off and immediate pain. That took some time and lots of drugs and that made me sick all night and into this morning. Having some trouble with pain management.

Last time I was on my feet shortly after surgery, this time late morning and extremely painful. My knee also feels wobbly. Last time I had staples and was wrapped tight, this time glue and bare knee.

Guess this will be a whole new journey. Oh well only way is up.
 

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Hi and I’m glad you’re on the recovery side. I hope they get things under control for you soon. :console2:

I will leave you our Recovery Guidelines. Each article is short but very informative. Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.

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 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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Your prefix says “Revision”, but your signature does not. Is this a revision?
 
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No it's a rtkr. Oops
I'm home now and glad I had the experience of having this surgery before.
The pain meds they gave me for the first 24 hours did not work other than make me sick. Several hours after I convinced the to change was like night and day.
Can't imagine where I would be had I not done this before.
I had a spinal this time but they didn't give me enough that I didn't come alert enough to hear and see monitor. That was an experience although with the drugs I didn't care.
However did not enjoy the first 24 hours of pain and nausea
Oh well got that changed and am home. Sleeping has been ok and the stairs that worried me are fine. Also got glued instead of staples.
All good
 

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Welcome to the other side @Sunnyo! Sounds like you had a very rough start. I hope things will continue to improve now that you are home.

I agree that having done this before gives you a better perspective.

Hang in there!
 

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It's good that you are home and can control things now. Those first 24 hours sounds horrible. I would never want to wake up during surgery. Some on here in the past, stayed aware during their surgery by choice. Not me!
 

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I am so sorry your first 24 hrs was miserable with pain and nausea. I have been there and know it's difficult to deal with all of it at once. I'm glad things have improved and your pain is better controlled now. I look forward to following your recovery and best of luck to you. :)
 

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So glad you have made it to the recovery side another June sunbeam yay.
Your story of waking up after the spinal tobthe sounds of surgery yikes :yikes:... made me so thankful I had s ga :).
Hopefully things will be smoother now you are home
 
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It's all good. The OR wake was a new experience and hasn't bothered me. Now I am home with leg elevated and icing. Can do some heel slides and raising my leg up to the bed is getting much easier. All is good
 
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Well one day short of a week post surgery.
Having been feeling really good but I think I may have over done it yesterday.
Today will be an elevate, ice and rest day.
Think I will watch tv and sleep.
This morning I also decided to cut tramacet from 2 to 1 every 6 hours and see how that goes.
I have my first PT set up for
Monday afternoon. See how that goes.
I know I will enjoy this Wednesday better than last week. .. really had a case of nerves.
 

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I had a spinal on my first TKR, and I guess I started to snore, and they woke me up. I thought cool. Everyone talked to me, I heard the drill and pounding. Put me back to sleep to get to recovery
Take it slow, believe Bone Smart
 
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Yes I had a spinal for my left TKR nut I didn't wake up. I told the anesthesist at that time I didn't want to wake up in surgery and I didn't. This time I repeated the same thing to the new anesthesist but she made light of it and said I wouldn't remember or care. She didn't seem to care about my request....plus she couldn't seem to get the IV in properly.. two trys and it still had to be taken out early. She didn't gain a lot of faith/trust from me. I will check with my surgeon about the snoring it just kind of bugged me how she off put my concerns.
I really didn't do a lot yesterday except perhaps up and down the stairs to many times and a shower.
Today is just relaxing and icing. Finally got to which has been a huge relief .
That's it for my day
 

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You have to put so much trust in the anaesthetist it sounds so unprofessional how she treated your requests.
 

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@Sunnyo, I am glad you seem able to move forward from that terrible experience and focus on taking good care of yourself.

Here is hoping today is a good day for you.
 

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Sending good wishes for a speedy recovery and lots of good days.
 

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Sunnyo: Glad things are improving this week! I am where you were last week with one week to go - Wed. June 26th. Lots to do this week and full of nerves. Keep up the great work!!! Lucy
 
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I am glad to be on this side and doing well.
I made my husband pancakes for Father's Day. He cooked them.
I am finding myself very stable on both knees. I feel that I am doing well.
First PT tomorrow afternoon.
Yes my nerves were bad before surgery but I am so glad it's done. Had a few issues with pain management at the hospital but now that I'm home all is going well.
See my surgeon Wednesday to have the glue strip removed. So much nicer than my staples last time.
So far all is a positive.
 

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So nice to hear this, hope for very smooth recovery. I've bookmarked you.
 

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