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TKR Trouble Walking at 5 weeks post-op

Cajun1965

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First time posting. Hoping someone can advise me. As of today my ROM 125, I'm able to ride a stationary bike with full rotations with no issues, but like everyone else sleeping better not great. My concerns stem from my inability to walk without a walker, it seems when I go to plant my left foot on my surgically repair knee it seems un-natural/unsteady. Not sure if its do to having walked using crutches/walking cane for the past 9 months or having had bad knee for the last 30 years. Any advise would be much appreciated. Maybe I have just set the bar to high.... my wife had a TKR and was walking within a month of having it...... Thanks
 

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@Cajun1965 Welcome to BoneSmart! Before we can advise you we do need to know the date of your surgery and which knee?
my wife had a TKR and was walking within a month of having it
Each and every TKR is different. Don't compare your's and any other recovery.
 

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Welcome to Bonesmart! Please tell us the date of your surgery and which knee it was.

The following are our basic guidelines and should help get you started. As you read more on other members' recovery threads, you’ll get a better perspective of what to expect and what not to do, especially regarding PT.

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. Here is a week-by-week guide for Activity progression for TKRs


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 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.
 

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Every recovery is different,whether it's different people or different knees on the same person. It has to do with many factors, including the condition of your knee pre-op, how much the surgeon had to do while in there, and so on. Instead of comparing your knee to your wife's, concentrate on your recovery and take it as it comes.

If you were on crutches for a lengthy time before the surgery, it's possible you need time to build up muscles and strength in your knee before you feel secure enough to move to a cane, or to walking without any aids. Plus, 30 years with issues is a very long time, and your knee needs time to adjust to the new parts. Instead of worrying about the amount of time needing a walker, try to look back to the past and see how far you've already come. This recovery is a roller coaster, and we need to learn to be patient with our knees and give them the time and patience they need to recover. You will one day find yourself not needing the walker; until then be just grateful you have it to help you now as you recover.
 

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