TKR SkiBum's recovery

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Well I went in yesterday,6:30 check in for an 8:30 surgery time....I was#2 on the schedule. Spinal and propofol went well. They got me up about 4:00 and I was discharged by 5:00 after passing my test with flying colors. I came home ate well.. RICE the rest of the evening and slept some as well. This morning I had some vasovagel reaction but was better after eating a little.... even took a shower. I'm getting around OK with the walker. Pain didn't start till late this afternoon.. I'm now officially stoned on oxy and pain has calmed down.

This is a long but manageable recovery. I'm feeling hopeful.
 

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Welcome to Recovery!

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.

Just keep in mind all people are different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for you.“ Your doctors, PTs and BoneSmart are available to help, but you are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.

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

If you want to use something to assist with healing and scar management, BoneSmart recommends hypochlorous solution. Members in the US can purchase ACTIVE Antimicrobial Hydrogel through BoneSmart at a discount. Similar products should be available in the UK and other countries.

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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day 2 has been a weird one... people talk about not being able to sleep but I'm experiencing the opposite. I'm so loopy that it's hard to keep my eyes open. I think it's the oxy every 4 hrs.

what's the best thing to do for thigh pain? I can still see the marks from the tourniquet.
 
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Welcome to recovery and Congrats on your new knee!
what's the best thing to do for thigh pain
Try icing any / all painful areas...hopefully it will help ease the pain.
Wishing you comfort as you begin healing.
 
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You are lucky to be able to sleep! Most are not so lucky, especially in the early days.

If you end up with constipation from the oxy you can try prune juice, Miralax, or something that worked well for me was Smooth Move tea, by Traditional Medicinals, which can be found in your grocery store.

Good luck with your recovery! :flwrysmile:
 

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Being able to sleep is a blessing. Sleep as much as your body wants you to. You can heal more when sleeping, your body can concentrate more on healing that knee than running the rest of your body!
 
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today was a better day.. no lightheaded issues this morning. I felt more alert all day. Knee aches but doesn't hurt. Only took a couple of oxy today... I'll take one before bed. Trying to bend that sucker is tough...I only go until it's tight and hold it until it's annoying.. then elevate again. I feel really stable standing so that makes me happy. overall I'm maneuvering quite well. First PT tomorrow...I'm actually looking forward to it.
 

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