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Partial Knee Replacement

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by Cheryl, May 31, 2007.

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  1. Cheryl

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    Hi There: I had partial knee replacement just three weeks ago and the pain at times is very bad and also the burning and swelling. If someone could please tell me their story perhaps many months after surgery. What should I expect in the future and how long it takes to recover. What will I be able to do and not do, back to work ect. I would appreciate it as this is very frustrating as I have heard I should be walking with a cane at this time with almost not pain or problems...Thanks...Cheryl
     
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    Hi Cheryl - May 31st and no answers - oh my! I am so sorry!

    How are you doing now? Any improvement? Do, please, let us know as you sounded so down in this post.
     
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    Hi Josephine: Thanks for responding. I am doing a little better but still frustrated. I had expected to be back to work by now, walking working out ect. I am able to walk without any assistance but not very far or very long. When I do walk I get very sore and swollen. Physio says I am doing well and just told me it can take up a year for recovery which I was not told. I guess I expected too much too quick. I can bend my knee to 113 and told 120-125 is good. Still take tylenol 3 for pain which I wish I could get off of they are not good for me and my body. Since you are a nurse do you have a web site with all the unanswered questions or advise just anything would be fine? If you have any advise that also would be apppreciated.. Location of the email you sent says UK. Are we talking United Kingdom? If so wow and thanks again....Cheryl
     
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    So you're now about 19-20 weeks post-op, yes? If so that is still pretty much early days! My sister had both her knees done and is now 18 months on one and 12 months on the other. She is only now beginning to get some resolution of that characteristic burning pain and swelling. Ice-packs and painkillers are still a regular part of her routine. But she is very mobile and now noting her improvement daily.

    Everyone has a different experiences as you can tell from a quick browse though here. I think you sound like you are doing very well and must not try to rush things. You had a major op and the body doesn't bounce back just like you had a tooth out! Do rest lots and use those ice-packs all the time. Activity, yes, but rest also. They must be at the very least in equal amounts, only changing as you feel you are able.

    And yes, I am in the UK which makes it very interesting when I'm trying to talk with you folk from the US as there is such a lot of different protocols there. I mean, I was amazed when I heard that you all have to choose your own prostheses! Over here the patient's are rarely even told that there are different prostheses to begin with!! Vive la differance, eh?
     
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