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Still using a cane when out and at school. I went back part time first two weeks and am on
Christmas break now until 1/5. Still not sure why I can’t get away from the cane completely.
Surgeon said PT needed to “ramp it up some.”
Just waiting to get rid of the cane:tantrum2:
 

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I really don't understand why there's a rush to get off the cane.
Your PT says your knee is gradually getting stronger, so the day will come when you no longer need the cane. Until then, why rush things and risk doing damage?.

You're only 3.5 months into a recovery that takes a full year. Your knee still has plenty of time.
 
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It has been 2 years since I've been here. I had a total left knee replacement in 2017.
2 weeks out from a revision. The poly plate was loose and the wrong size. Curious,
has anyone had that problem? He said about 3 weeks recovery. I'm not sure that's going to happen! Things are progressing much faster than my total but not my pain! Taking tramadal every 4 hours and supplementing with Advil in between. Take 1 Percocet (5 mg) at bedtime. Took Percocet first week every 4-5 hours. Pain level is still not manageable with the tramadal. I remember the Bone Smart advice of taking meds with tramadal with my last surgery.
I can't find it. Can you help me with that? Thanks! I also don't know how to connect to my previous thread from 2 years ago.
 

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You'll notice that I have merged your two threads together as we prefer that members in recovery only have one thread for a knee's recovery. So, as you requested, you now have just one thread for your left knee.

This is why we prefer just one thread:
1. if you keep starting new threads, you miss the posts others have left you in the old threads
2. it often ends up that information is unnecessarily repeated
3. it's best if we can keep all your recovery story in one place so it's easily accessed if we need to advise you.

Please keep all your questions and updates on this thread. If you would like a new thread title just post what you would like it to be and we'll change it for you
 

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I'm sorry that you've had to have yet another revision to a TKR. That's really bad luck.
Has the same surgeon done them all?

Please will you tell us the full date of this latest revision, so we can add the day to your signature?

I think you'll get better pain relief if you cut out the Advil and use Tylenol instead.

Here are the charts that you were looking for. The first is for 4-hourly doses and the second is for 6-hourly.



The most effective way to take Tylenol is 2 x 500 mg tablets 6-hourly, to a total of 4,000 mg (4 doses) in 24 hours. You need to take it regularly, to keep up the levels in your bloodstream. If you just take the odd dose now and then, it's far less effective.

Check all other medications you're taking, to make sure there is no Tylenol/Acetaminophen/Paracetamol in them. If there is, scale back one or two of your regular doses, so you stay within that safe 24 hour limit of 4,000 mg.
 
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Yes, thank you for merging the threads. Thank you, this is what I was looking for. The revision was
11/21/19- poly plate exchange. It’s only been two years that I had my TKR.
 

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Yes, it does sound a bit early. It shouldn't take as long as a new TKR or a full revision, but your knee was still cut open and will have to heal.

Take as long as you need.
 

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I agree that it sounds early. Listen and watch your knee. If the pain or swelling increases then you're doing too much and need to rest more.
 
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Thank you, just trying to figure out my work schedule. I work in the school system and had planned on returning next week. I haven't even been out of the house except to walk around in the yard. There are 4 days next week before Christmas break. Being a para assistant, I am on my feet most of the day in the classroom.
 
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10 weeks post op, revision was done. Switched out poly plate insert. Was doing better and 2 weeks ago suddenly swelling in certain areas and pain level went up. Finally got in to surgeon only to be told he wasn’t going to drain it, didn’t want to risk infection and it would get better. Ask if I was icing it. Really?? After 2 knee replacements with him and 2 revisions. I told him icing was helping with pain but no change in the swelling, that’s why I was there to be seen. Told to watch for signs of infection but he “didn’t think” it was infected. Would not draw fluid to check for infection either! Asking my neighbor, who is a physical therapist to take a look at it this week and see if he can work out some of the fluid. I am back to being woken up at night with pain. I’m concerned.....
 

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I am so sorry you are having these problems. It seems sometimes that we are going along just fine, then a wrench is thrown into the works.

Have you increased your activities? That could explain the onset of pain and swelling. Are you elevating toes above nose?
 

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