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Had my MAKO Protocol CT scan done last Friday. Because of where I live it was a 660km round trip for a 10 minute procedure. I also had a setback on Saturday. I was resealing my front veranda when I suddenly felt a sharp pain in the knee. I thought this was one of my usual episodes so waited a short while for the pain to subside, but it didn't. The knee swelled right up and I had constant bad pain and very restrictive movement in the knee and it was non weight bearing so I was on crutches. Got the crutches out to get about on and straight to elevation and ice packs. I contacted my surgeon for advise as I am only 2 weeks out from my Op. After three days the swelling has started to come down and the major pain has gone and I can now hobble around without the crutches.
 

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A long trip and a sudden sharp pain in your knee, glad you are feeling better and able to hobble around. Ice and Elevation will help get the swelling down.
Most likely you should be ready fo your surgery on the 27th.

You will notice I have moved your post from the Knee September Saphirres thread and moved it to pre op, where you will receive more answers to your questions and concerns.
Thanks,
Chris
 

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Yikes! I'm glad it's improving!
 
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I am due to go in for my TKR on Monday, had my pre-admission talk with the Hospital staff yesterday morning and during the afternoon I noticed a swelling and redness on my right forearm, like a headless spot. Thee area is sore to the touch, a bit red and slightly swollen. I will try and go and see the local Dr today to try and see what it is and what can be done in this short time and after that contact the hospital. Do you think this could delay my surgery on Monday?
 

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Hard to say, depends on if you have an infection. Let your surgeon know about the red spot.
Hope the local Dr is able to diagnose and recommend treatment today.
Keep us posted on how you are doing.

Here is your copy of the Knee Recovery Guidelines to help you prepare for your TKR Monday., 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 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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