TKR Still can’t kneel after 13 months tkr

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Hi all, i don’t know if this is in the right place, but I’m 11 months post tkr right knee, just got back from seeing the surgeon who did the op, now he’s I’ve been put on the list for my left knee to be replaced, however he did offer me injections to relieve the pain and delay the operation for for ?? How many months, I’ve elected for surgery as I’m in good health at 69 years of age, have I done the right thing going surgery ?
Any comments welcome as I still have a lot of doubt as it’s a tough recovery
 

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Arthritis will continue to get worse. I think getting it done now is the better choice. You're healthy, so why wait until your knee gets worse and maybe be a worse surgery?
 

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My first knee was so horrible it was a no brainer and I was eager to get it done. By comparison my second knee wasn't as bad so I dithered a bit. "Is it bad enough?" I had to remind myself not to compare the complete disaster my first pre-tkr knee was with the also quite bad second pre-tkr knee. It was "bad enough." The results were so good that I really was glad I got the second knee done.

If you need to buy time until you can get on the schedule, an injection might help. But injections just provide temporary relief.
 

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13 months on and I still can’t kneel (too painful) is there usually a timescale on this ?
For many kneeling is uncomfortable for many months. Some of our members never feel comfortable kneeling after TKR. However, at only 13 months out it is still early days to be putting all your weight on that new knee.

There is no time scale for this. Just give it time and keep trying.

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My OS told me to not kneel, so I don't. Everyone's guidance is different and geared towards the individual patient. As has been said, do what is best for your knee causing less swelling and pain.
 

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@#sully# I am 12 months post BTKR and still find it very uncomfortable to kneel. I can kneel only on well padded surfaces but it is difficult to get back upright and when I do I find my knees are very stiff and sore for awhile afterwards. You don't realize just how important kneeling is until you cannot do it.
 

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I had to comment on the title, can't kneel after 13 months. I can't kneel after 3 years and pretty sure I never will be able to again. I hope you heal fast and have better luck than I did
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I sympathise with you both, just had a call today to attend pre op tomorrow for my left knee tkr in possibly 2 weeks, I’m still thinking about NOT having it done, as like most of you it’s a difficult recovery, I I don’t know whether to try to live with it for a couple of years and have injections
 
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13 months on and I still can’t kneel (too painful) is there usually a timescale on this ?
How are you trying to kneel and where is the pain?
I’ve tried kneeling on one knee, I feel if I put more weight on it, it would be unbearable, I struggle to get up if i’ve been laying on the floor
 
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I had to comment on the title, can't kneel after 13 months. I can't kneel after 3 years and pretty sure I never will be able to again. I hope you heal fast and have better luck than I did
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i feel for you my friend, I hope i don’t have to wait that long, like you I’m not sure if I ever will be able to kneel properly again
 
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I’ve tried kneeling on one knee, I feel if I put more weight on it, it would be unbearable, I struggle to get up if i’ve been laying on the floor
My left knee is 8 weeks out and the scar is still too sensitive to take any pressure. My right knee is over a decade old and I believe it took me serveral months of practice before it would tolerate full kneeling pressure. Split squats are one of the exercises I'm doing for rehab. I'm just barely touching the fresh knee to the ground at the bottom bu expect it to build up tolerance with time.
 
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6 weeks post op now, my pain is half of what it was with the right knee, I stopped using crutches/walking stick one week ago, i still find it difficult to sleep at nights, I can’t find a comfortable position I use a heat pad on my knee at night and find it helps a bit, but serious loss of sleep.
thank you all who have commented so far, all the best to you all
 
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Be careful with a heating pad. We have found that many who have used one at your early stage found that it caused more swelling. Inflammation is fed by heat. Ice starves inflammation so the swelling is diminished with it. That is why we suggest icing for at least the first few months.
 
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Happy 2 month an-knee-versary tomorrow, @#sully# Hope you are doing well and that sleep has returned. Let us know how you are doing when you have a moment.

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Thank you for asking these last few nights things seem to getting easier, I’m getting more sleep now thankfully, terrified of walking outside at the moment as it’s getting a bit frosty over here in the uk, nothing like you get in the states though. The thought of having a fall really is scary.
regards David
 

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