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Can’t hardly wait. I feel like an old pro being my second knee at 60. Still anxious, but everything around my home is ready.
 

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Hello @W4529 - and :welome:

Please will you confirm that the full date of your knee replacement will be August 5, 2020, and tell us which knee it is, so we can make a signature for you?
Please will you also tell us the date of your first knee replacement?
Knowing the exact date will help us to advise you appropriately.
Thank you.:flwrysmile:

Here is some reading, to help you prepare for your surgery:

Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:
Stories of amazing knee recoveries
 

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Since you'll be having your surgery soon, here's a sneak preview of our recovery guidelines:
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. Try to 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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It does help when the second knee comes up that you know how to get the house situated and what works for you. It was much easier the second time to get ready but the nervousness would pop up no matter what. I kept focusing on how happy I was with my first knee especially with the pain being gone and that got me through the nerves plus I knew what to expect in the hospital as I used the same surgeon and hospital.

Wishing you the best for another successful surgery and a good recovery with great pain control. See you soon on the recovery side.
 
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Right knee 10-2016
Left knee 8-5-2020
 

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Thank you for your surgery dates, @W4529. They're both in your signature now.
 

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W4529. I'm right there with you. RTKR tomorrow. Good luck & smooth healing. We will catch up soon!
 
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Thank you for all the well wishes, catch up on the other side.:) :-) (:
 

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W4529; hope your surgery went well. will see you on the recovery phase. Doodlebug
 
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Yes, I will also be reading the information on the recovery page.
 

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@W4529 i hope all is well, let us know about your tips and process, pain control etc. I’m glad I have many others who have gone through this who share. Hope you are doing well with pain, have a great recovery !
 
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I had my surgery as an outpatient. The staff and doctors were so great and positive. Once I got home the real work begins. Rest, ice, elevate , and ROM given to me prior to leaving the surgery center. One tool the doctors and Anesthesiologist use to control pain is a block, that suppressed most of the pain for a day to day in one half. Now this next phase takes me a few days to get the pain meds right for my need. I have been on a med schedule since I arrived home. I know the pain won’t be their forever, it will pass, but for now I must do my best to control the pain. I have a prescription pain med and am using an over the counter.
The pain can be so different for everyone.
 
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