Welcome to BoneSmart! Would you please tell me which knee is having the surgery so we can make a signature for you?
Being nervous before any surgery is very normal and expected. I was basically on the petrified list before my TKR six years ago, but the people here were very supportive and helped me get through it all. Your time is very short until the 1st, keeping yourself as busy as possible until then will help, especially the day before. I totally get it; just a call from my doctor's scheduler letting me know I'm on the high priority list when they open up some more operating rooms set my nerves off big time. Your nerves will be there in some form until after the surgery, then you'll have a whole new set of worries. But, the thing to remember is that this is the first step to taking your life back, and even though you have to go through all this to get to that point, it will be worth it in the end.
I'm going to give you our recovery guidelines now so you can read them before, and again (and again) afterwards.
Each article is short but very informative. Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.
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:
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.
after your surgery.
I just had mine June 18th and it was my first ever surgery. I was very nervous so a word of encouragement is it goes fast and furious and I don’t remember a thing lol. They will give you enough pain meds to take the edge off but keep on them and as the nerve block wears off next day you may want to up pain meds to whatever they recommend and your pain is at bay. I promise you will do fine but the worse is right now, waiting.....God Bless you and I will be praying for you.