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Pre-op exercises?

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by NDSunshine, Apr 7, 2018.

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  1. NDSunshine

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    Anyone have good tips? I have been using my stationary bike. My ex bf bought it for me, and I LOVE it. Its an old Huffy, just like his mom's (but she didnt want to sell, lol...). Im told quads need to be worked, but that's been difficult because my knee caps are stuck in place (arthritis-groooan). But Im trying.

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    Upper body exercise are very beneficial to help with bed mobility, rising up from seated position, and general strengthening. Lower body exercises get you in shape for your recovery.
     
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    Good idea

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    Just do what you can with your legs, but don't cause yourself more pain. The upper-body strength will be very useful, though.
     
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    Sometimes I think I read too much. Is it true they basically put us into a coma, and that's why we need an ng tube if we have general anesthesia (HATE HATE HATE those things!!)? I already have central apnea, and asthma, so that's scary!

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    Discussed with your surgeon what methods of anesthesia preferred.
     
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    Thanks. I have my preop appt w surgeons asst on Wed.

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    If you don't have a spinal anaesthetic, they give you a general anaesthetic, but you're not in a coma.
    They don't give you a naso-gastric tube, but an endotracheal tube. It stops any fluid (such as saliva) from going down into your lungs. It is for your protection.
    You will be asleep before the tube is placed and it will be removed before you wake up again.
    This article explains more fully:
    Anaesthetics - spinals, femoral blocks, GAs and everything else

    Talk to your anaesthetist about your apnoea and asthma. Between you, you may decide that a spinal anaesthetic is more appropriate for you.
     
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    Im scared of hearing the tools cutting my bones, but I can consider it. Thanks.

    Maybe a spinal with a sedative.

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    If you have a spinal with a sedative, you will sleep through it all. Ask to have a sedative.
     
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    And this will help with the nausea?

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    You won't feel nausea during the surgery, whether you have a spinal or a general anaesthetic (GA).

    If you experience nausea after a GA or because of the pain medications, ask for medication to stop it.
    If you know you are prone to nausea, it would be a good idea to discuss this before your surgery.
     
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    Thats another option too, thanks. General is all Ive ever had. First surgery, I had...get this....ether. I was 9, and this was late 60s. So last Nov, I had bilateral scopes with general, and same exact reaction when I woke up as with the ether, except no sickening ether smell. Reeeeally nauseous. So thanks for that idea.

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    I too have had nausea with general anesthesia, and had no nausea at all with the spinal for my knee replacements. I slept through the surgery; don’t remember a thing about it. All I remember is getting onto the operating table and saying something to my surgeon... next thing I knew, I was in recovery with two new knees and a clear head. It was a great experience (as surgeries go).

    Definitely talk with the nurse and doctor about your nausea. They can have something ready should you get sick. Crossing my fingers you have no nausea at all.
     
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    Aaaww, aren't you sweet. Going to Mass this morning, and Father is blessing me with holy oil. Did you not have numbness when you woke up?

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    Oh, absolutely. When I first woke up in recovery, I could not feel or move my legs. That's the spinal still at work. But within a short time I could feel my thighs, so I moved them. And a little while after that I could feel my lower legs, so I moved those. And then I could feel and wiggle my feet. So I bent my knees to see if they worked... and they did! The movement comes back quickly enough, and the pain stays away a bit longer.

    I posted about all of this in my recovery thread, if you want to read about the recovery room and immediate recovery experience. It's a link just under this message. There's even a picture of what my legs looked like (wrapped up in bandages) an hour or two after surgery. Yes, I was clear-headed enough, and also goofy enough, to use my phone to post something. :heehee:
     
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    That sounds like something I would do, lol...and I would love to read about your recovery. Thanks for telling me :D

    This will be nice to have straight legs, besides the knee issue. Now, one leg will be straight, and the other will still be knock kneed. I may do that one at some point, but it doesn't give much pain. Just the ROM in the second one is irritating.

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    I did five weeks of pre-surgery PT. I honestly feel it helped me tremendously in my interim stage of waiting. I think it has definitely helped so far in my recovery too. A lot focused on the quad muscles. I definitely felt the difference when doing steps. My upper body strength has always been strong/good balance, which has remained throughout recovery. I’m four weeks post op this Thursday and I’m intermittent between cane/no cane. My toughest thing is getting out of a low chair because so many tend to slide. I feel a lot of the stiffness above the knee joint. But that’s where the majority of my swelling is due to the bleeding during surgery.
     
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