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PKR Partial knee replacement recovery expectations

Sleestak

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Hello-

I am a 49 year old Male and had a medial partial knee replacement about 8 weeks ago to my right knee. The left is coming next year. Looking for others with experience with this similar situation as it was 100% necessary. So far, the knee feels similar to what it did prior to the surgery and I wondered if that's considered normal. When should I expect to feel some pain relief from this replacement? I still feel the same pain in the same area as before the surgery. I've done PT although at this point I find it less than helpful. I am now able to straighten to zero degrees but still walk with a limp due to pain.

Attached are the X Ray images from before and after.
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Hello @Sleestak - and :welome:

Please will you tell us the full date of your knee replacement and which knee it is, so we can make a signature for you? Thank you.:flwrysmile:

You should soon start to feel some pain relief.

Here are the Recovery Guidelines we give to everyone with a new knee:
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 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 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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THank you. I've done your signature and also added you to the October Feisties monthly surgery list.
 

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@Sleestak, am I correct in understanding that you have pain consistently any time you weight bear on your new knee? Are some movements more painful than others? And have you been using a walking aid (walker or crutches) since your surgery?

Since you are 8 weeks out from your PKR, you should have had a consultation with your surgeon at about 6 weeks. Was this discussed and what did he say?

You're probably going to need to give this some time to determine if there is really a problem or not. But as long as you are limping and in pain, please take something for the pain (extra-strength Tylenol is fine) and use either a walker or crutches. You do yourself no good at all by limping when trying to walk.
When is your next appointment with your surgeon?

Please tag me when you respond so I see it quickly. To tag, you type the "at" sign (@) followed by my username with no space.....like this.... @Jamie
 

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@Sleestak - Will you be seeing your surgeon again any time soon? If your pain doesn't start to settle soon, it would probably be wise to ask for an appointment, if you don't already have one.

When you next see your surgeon, it would be a good idea to have your X-Rays repeated. If you do that, please will you also post those, so we can see if there's any change? Thank you.
 

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