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Sleepywalkersi, I had a lateral release on my left knee is 2004 and I know what you mean, not a fun recovery. Had the TKR on this same knee in June 2008. Made the lateral release seem like a piece of cake. Between now and your surgery date do the best you can to have your quad muscles as toned as possible, don't worry about range, that will come after the surgery. I had to have my June TKR replaced again in December, my implant failed. Night and day how much easier the December surgery was over the June with all the PT and very strong muscles. The lateral release will not have any impact so I don't think you need to be concerned. Good luck, now 7 months since the second TKR I feel like a million bucks. Long and painful road to get here but worth it once I made it.
I all! Thank you all for your candidness about the TKR. I am 46 and had a left and right knee lateral release in June and July, respectively. The left knee is doing well but the right knee is basically just shot - bone and bone. After 3 surgeries for each knee over the past 3 years, my doc finally said it was time to do the TKR even though we were trying to wait at least one more year. I am a school principal and am on my feet all day. I've been on a cane since the lateral release. Reading your posts have helped me immensely with pre-surgery jitters. Someone talked about a cryotherapy machine. Is this really necessary or will the regular ice packs that wrap around your knee work just as well?
[QUOTE=nfordsupport;4076811]I all! Thank you all for your candidness about the TKR. I am 46 and had a left and right knee lateral release in June and July, respectively. The left knee is doing well but the right knee is basically just shot - bone and bone. After 3 surgeries for each knee over the past 3 years, my doc finally said it was time to do the TKR even though we were trying to wait at least one more year. I am a school principal and am on my feet all day. I've been on a cane since the lateral release. Reading your posts have helped me immensely with pre-surgery jitters. Someone talked about a cryotherapy machine. Is this really necessary or will the regular ice packs that wrap around your knee work just as well?[/QUOTE]

I used the cold water pump "cryotherapy machine" and found it far superior to other methods which included the dry cold wraps at therapy and bagged ice cubes. After placing a damp dish towel between the bladder and my knee to aid in conducting the 53 temperature of the bladder, I held the bladder in place by lightly wrapping it against my knee with an Ace bandage.
Hello wonderful support group! :) I'm baaaccckkk! Well, I had right knee TKR on Oct. 6. Was released from the hospital on Oct. 9 and went to a live-in rehabilitation place, which I very strongly recommend, then released home this past Thursday Oct. 22. And what a journey it has been. I am 46 years old and this is the 3rd knee surgery this year. I had a lateral release on my left knee in May 2009 and the lateral release on my right knee in June 2009. The left knee never got a real break (no pun intended) since the right one continued with swelling to the point I was using a cane. By the time my ortho and I decided to go ahead with the TKR since it was negatively impacting my quality of life, not only was I on a cane but my right knee became actually deformed. It was HUGE and if my toes were pointing the straight, the knee just sort of "caved in" to the left knee. It was not a pretty site. So needless to say, I was looking forward to the replacement. Since there was so much damage (bone on bone and such), my operation lasted 3 hours! It has been pretty slow but consistent progress. My in home physical therapist came to the house today. I am at 90 degrees flexion and only 9 on extension. He assures me that I will continue to improve. Reading all of the success stories in this group has definitely helped. Like some who have written, I must have cried every day I was in the hospital. Nevertheless, the pain is much more manageable since using stool softener does not make me have to compromise use of the pain meds. You guys have been such a blessing to me. I thank you!!! Will let you know how the rest of the therapy goes! Hang in there!!! nfordsupport :)





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