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Zhash - Pre-op Help.

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Zhash, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. Zhash

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    I'm scheduled for a left total knee replacement for May 15th, 2019.

    I had arthroscopy surgery on my left knee in April, 2014. Osteoarthritis filled in where the meniscus was cleaned out and the pain is constant especially worse with weather changes. I live in Connecticut.

    I had arthroscopy on my right knee in August, 2014. I'm hoping to have total knee replacement on the the right knee in October, 2019 if everything goes okay with the left knee replacement.

    I'm currently going for pre-operative physical therapy to strengthen my legs for this surgery. I must say that I'm nervous about having the surgery. Any support is welcome. Thank you.
     
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    Hello @Zhash - and :welome:

    I've copied you post from the May Marvels thread, so we can post information to help you prepare for your knee replacements.

    First of all, we understand that you're nervous, because we all were. It's a big step to take, but it's well worth going through the surgery and the long recovery.

    Here are some articles for you to read:
    If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:
    Score Chart: How bad is my arthritic knee?
    Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
    BMI Calculator - What to do if your surgeon says you're too heavy for joint replacement surgery
    Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

    If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
    Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
    Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
    Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

    Regardless of where you are in the process, the website and app My Knee Guide can help you stay organized and informed. The free service keeps all the information pertaining to your surgery and recovery in one place on your smartphone. It is intended to be a personal support tool for the entire process.

    And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:
    Stories of amazing knee recoveries
     
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    And this is the approach to recovery that we recommend:
    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
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
    don't overwork.
    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. At week 4 and after you should 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 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.
     
  4. kneeper

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    You found the right place for encouragement and support. We've all been there or are going through the process. See you around!
     
  5. Irish471

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    Hi @Zhash, yes, we were all nervous! It's a big decision but I think each of us knows deep down that it is necessary. I thought I was going to have a partial replacement and ended up with a full. The thought that this surgery alters your joint permanently was what scared me the most. The fear of the unknown is scary! But living in pain is not a good alternative. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and trust that this will allow you to live your best life possible, free of the pain that holds you back from enjoying life. You came to the right place and have lots of support to help you along the way! :)
     
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    You are not alone in being afraid. I am very afraid, too. I haven't had a surgery like this before, and I've been postponing it for, well, years, hoping for a miracle I suppose. However, the pain in my right knee has now gotten so bad that I am unable to do much of anything. Getting out of a chair or a car requires summoning all my mental and physical strength. I'm terrified of sitting down in a public place because I don't know if I will be able to stand up again! I can't walk much, either, because of the pain. I avoid steps at all costs. Traveling? Out of the question.

    I know this isn't any way to live, so I am facing my fears and finally having the surgery. I'm still absolutely terrified of the surgery and can hardly sleep at night thinking about it. But I try to remember that I am already so limited in my activities and in such pain as it is. I'm trying to focus on the idea that the surgery represents a path to a freedom and a life I'd given up on. Best of luck to you!
     
  7. Woodpusher

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    Mine is 5/21 and he's thinking he can do a partial knee from looking at my xray but that it might have to be a full if what he actually sees is different.

    I just heard a story yesterday about a woman who had a terrible result with a partial and had to have it quickly revised to a TKR.
     
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    Great that you have a date! What area are they proposing for a partial?
     
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    The medial compartment of the right knee.
     
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  10. CorpHippie

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    @Zhash, your story could be mine. Literally aside from the fact that I had my left knee done 3 weeks ago. Like you I had meniscus repair on my left knee with osteoarthritis filling in the gap leaving me bone on bone in 2014. If you look you can see how scared I was about surgery. I can tell you now that I am on this side of it, that having my right knee done in October (like you!) is a no brainer. I’m not saying surgery was easy. For me it was not, I had a very hard time coming out of anesthesia and had to have 2 doses of narcam. So that pain was horrible. But I survived and even did my therapy the next morning. My staples are out and I’m getting around on a cane now. I don’t relish I the thought of the pain but I already have so much more ROM than I did before. That alone has made it worth the pain. I still elevate, ice and do my slow gentle exercises daily. When I was in therapy at the hospital, and in tears from the pain a woman in there with me told me something I tell myself every day “This is healing pain. It will not be forever.” That really helps me. I wish you the very best of luck.
     
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    Just know that it's normal to be nervous. Is there anything specific that you're concerned about?
     

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