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PKR Surgery on January 27th. Lots to contribute!

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Trying to post--surgery on January 27th. Lots to contribute! Not sure if this is correct?
 

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Hello @aperture - and :welome:

Yes, you're posting in the right place.

Please will you tell us the full date of your knee replacement and which knee it is, so we can make a signature for you? Knowing the exact date will help us to advise you appropriately in the future.
Thank you.:flwrysmile:

Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and how you're getting on?
 

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Welcome, I also am a PKR survivor..1/21...look forward to your story
 

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@aperture - I've shortened your thread title, because it was the same as you said in your first post.
 

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So, how is it going for you? What have you learned? How can we help?
 

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Hi @aperture

How are you getting on?
Which knee did you have replaced, and was the partial replacement a medial, lateral, or patellofemoral? It does help if those details are in your signature.

Here are the recovery guidelines we give to everyone with a new knee:
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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More info; I had a medial partial left knee replacement on January 27th. Had been hoping to qualify for the partial and I do feel fortunate (or will when I feel better down the road).

I chose my doctor because he specializes in partials and has done many of them. He thought I might need a full, since there may have been damage to my patella, but I awoke from the surgery to the good news of the partial.

I think the immediate recovery is similar to a full replacement. I am 70 and very active--hiking and walking and being outdoors is a big part of my life.

The first two weeks after surgery were painful, but not unexpected from what I had read. I have a list of exercises and a visit twice weekly from an in-home therapist, whom I really like and hope to have for another two weeks, and then I will go for just a short time to outpatient.

I am a big believer in rehab, but at a pace that doesn't jeopardize my healing. I think the last few days I have done way too much walking and bending the knee, and seem to have hit a plateau and setback, so I am mostly a sad-faced couch potato the past few days.

Still take the occasional oxycodone 5mg at bedtime, and when I get up, and usually another during the day. I have had other surgeries where I was able to recover using little or no narcotics, but now I am a strong believer in combating this particular surgery with pain prescriptions when they are needed.

RIght now I feel mostly just frustrated with this long haul of recovery. It's so affirming to read of others going down this same journey.
 

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I'm glad you're pleased with your PKR, @aperture . I hope it serves you well for a long time.

In spite of the advertising and the endorsements of PKR enthusiasts, there is very little difference in performance between a PKR and a TKR. The recovery times are similar - a full year for complete recovery - and a TKR can feel just as natural as a PKR.

I've had both and I can do just as much with my TKR as I could with my PKR.
My PKR lasted for 11 years before it had to be revised to a TKR. I have a TKR in the other knee as well and they both feel so much a part of me that I often forget they are artificial.

I like your attitude towards rehab - at a pace that doesn't jeopardise healing - that is ideal.
 

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