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What were the pre-op steps before your TKR?

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by ApricotPie, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. ApricotPie

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    No doubt I will have to get some things done to get ready for the surgery. I imagine they want a recent physical, but what else will they need? How long was it between the time you told your doctor you wanted the TKR and you had it done?


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    My surgeon and I decided the first week of December to go ahead with the surgery. I have an HMO so I had to do pre-surgery lab work (blood and urine), chest x-ray and an EKG. I had them done in a couple of days. I received my surgery date within a week of that. Total wait from the decision to the surgery is about 37 days. I'm certain part of it was the fact that I had tried everything else so the HMO approved the surgery the day after the doctor turned in the request.
     
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    CAdesgirl pretty much covered what you will need to do pre op to get ready for surgery. If you have other medical conditions or concerns there may be more testing.
    I had a steroid injection and had to wait, 3 months later I had my TKR.

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    I had to have a pre-op physical, blood work and ekg. They wanted these fairly close the the surgery.
     
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    I had ekg, bloodwork, chest xray. From the time I said yes to surgery was 6 weeks.
     
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    My OS requires the pre-op tests to be within 4 weeks of surgery. They perform their own pre-op testing in house (teaching hospital) and do it in a single 3-4 hour visit in one day.
     
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    Quad exercises...if you have time and you are able strengthen quad muscles before surgery. I'm 9 weeks post op... the week of surgery I didnt have the quad strength to lift my leg into bed. I now bike 1.5 miles in 10 minutes, leg press 125 lbs, hamstring curl 50 lbs, can walk about 1 mile per day, do squats. I've resumed all household chores, including laundry and dinner, go grocery shopping including went xmas shopping...discontinued pain meds at 2 weeks and take ibuprofen for swelling. Moderate swelling but doctor said it's normal. Started work from home 2 weeks post surgery, back in office 8 weeks post surgery. No pain, only symptoms are moderate swelling and some stiffness....I attribute my progress to the quad exercises that I did for a month prior to surgery...I continue to do exercises at home, ice and elevation and I'm finishing PT 2x per week...Extension is 0 degrees Flex is 120 degrees.
     
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