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[KNEE INFECTION] Right knee has been replaced

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by newlybionic, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. newlybionic

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    I had my replacement this afternoon. I was to report at 11:30 but I got here early at 11:10. I was the last case of the day and didn't have my surgery until 2 or so. My OS said my knee was a mess but it's now fixed up right. I'm getting very itchy from the duramorph used in the spinal anaesthesisa. I'm going to have to ask for something to help with that soon. My still numb but they are coming to come alive.

    At the last minute the hospital was questioning me if my UTI was ever treated by my PCP. It was just one more failure by my PCP office to follow through on my pre op clearance. I was able to pull it up on my cell phone so that my surgery wasn't cancelled.

    So far no pain. My legs are numb but I can move them a bit. I've been told they will try to get me up later this evening and plan on removing the catheter then too. So far so good. My daughter is going to get me a nice salad for dinner. I'm on aspirin for a blood thinner this time. That's much easier than Coumadin. I've got some medication to keep it from burning a hole in my stomach.

    Good luck to my other April Rainbows!
     
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    Best of luck on your continued recovery. We're here for you if you need reassurance.
    Take it one day at a time.
     
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    Welcome to recovery again, Marian!

    I'm glad you went ahead with the surgery, and that all seems to be going well.
    Here is your post-op reading - I know you've read it all before, but it's useful to have it here, too:
    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
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
    don't overwork.
    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. Here is a week-by-week guide for Activity progression for TKRs


    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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    Good to hear from you, Marian and I'm glad the legs are still numb! Sleep well tonight! :sleep:
     
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    Praise God you are in your room and have a brand new knee!
     
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    Happy you are through with it and settled in the room !
     
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    They just came into my room. I'm still fairly sleepy. My daughter left a couple of hours ago. They got me up to stand and my blood pressure held steady. I'm having a hard time dealing with the right knee being the damaged one since it's been my left one for over 40 years ago. I could do leg raises with both legs. The numbness is wearing off and I'm getting some pain building up. I e just received 5mg oxycodene and can get another 5 mg if that doesn't work. I can also have Tylenol, robaxin and tramadol depending on my pain. I'm still waiting for my remains meds from the pharmacy.

    The itching from the duramorph from my spinal is still there but the Nubaine seems to have it under control enough. I can have Benadryl if I need it. They put rolled up towel under my knee which was causing me excess pain. I'll talk to the OS about it tomorrow since my knee is swelling up. There is a drain there and it's to be removed by the OS tomorrow morning.

    That's about it for now. Hopefully the itching slows up soon.
     
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    Good to hear and see that you have started the road to recovery, knee #3.
    Keep that pain down. Only 5 mg oxy is a lot less meds than I was on during my 24 hours in the hospital.
     
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    Yes, 5mg of oxycodone isn't much at all. Stay on top of it, Marian.
     
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    I have followed your story with interest and admiration for your tenacity and courage. Glad you seem to be doing ok so far with this (hopefully) last knee!
     
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    Congratulations on your new knee! Instinct will kick in and you will know which knee is the good one, but hopefully they are now BOTH good! Best wishes for a smooth journey!
     
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    I am still very itchy. I have now taken a light dose of Benadryl to try to help. I got up a walked to the bathroom using my walker. My knee is able to bend close to 90 degrees already. I need to get some sleep. Maybe I can sleep through PT tomorrow :heehee:. Can do straight leg lifts on my won already. ​
     
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    It sounds as if you don't need the PT anyway, Marian. You're doing fine without it. Great!
     
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    Sounds like you are doing great! Hope you sleep okay!


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    I remember being able to do those straight leg lifts under the nerve block influence (not sure how), but then the quad seemed to shut down after a couple of days. Good to see you feeling well. I hope you were able to get a good night sleep in between all the nursing visits.
     
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    Hey April buddy! Glad you're feeling good. Hope today is even better!
     
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    Wow! You're on the road to recovery!
     
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    @newlybionic Great to hear things are going well so far! Wishing you the best on your recovery!
     
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    Great to hear that you are back "on the other side". It sounds like you are doing well, I hope you got the itching controlled and were able to get some sleep last night. I can really relate to your comment about your right knee being the bad one now. My left has always been the bad one (relatively) and now that my left is new, it constantly surprises me that I will do something and it's my right knee that hurts instead of the left :) I imagine it will be really weird when I have the right replaced and the left one has to take the lead. Best wishes for a great recovery and on to a life with 2 good knees!
     
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    Hey! I had my RTKR yesterday, too! I'm an April rainbow:) We'll recover together!


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