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RTKR on Jan. 25th. Staples out, incision healing but very tender. Icing and elevating. PT 2x weekly. Flexion 93 degrees, extension -4. My question: I have a Far Infrared Sauna here at the house which I used several times a week prior to surgery. Any knowledge or recommendations about using it at this point in my recovery? I can adjust the heat so it is just a bit warm, not hot.
 

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@Sisterpat Has your surgeon cleared you to take regular baths? Is your incision completely healed? If not cleared for that yet I'd suggest calling your surgeon's office to check on using the sauna. And if you are still taking pain medications do be very, very cautious using the sauna as the medications may make you more susceptible to feeling light headed or dizzy. And it's not only the heat that could be a problem - risk of infection - particularly if your incision is not yet fully healed - is also a concern.
 

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Hi and Welcome!

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
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 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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Welcome to BoneSmart! Until your incision is totally healed and you are cleared for baths, ice may be your better friend, especially since you mentioned the incision is still quite tender. It sounds like you are making good progress. We look forward to hearing how your recovery goes.
 
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Thank you all. Just to clarify, the FIR sauna is a dry one - no water or steam involved, so it’s not the same as having a bath. Thanks for the welcome! When this knee comes around I’m looking to have the other one done .
 

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It's generally not a good idea to use heat on a new joint, whether it's wet or dry heat, because it can increase swelling of the joint. Ice and cooling are better, because that tends to decrease swelling.

If you have a wheat bag or something similar, it's OK to use that on muscle aches and pains, but keep the heat away from the joint itself.
 

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