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[QUOTE=Jeanob;4108339]Thank you so much for being here. I have looked many places and just found some people that might be able to help me. I am having bilateral TKR on Dec. 8. I have asked some people about exercises before surgery and get no response. I am doing the exercises that I learned in the spring when I went to pt for knee and hip pain. Yes, the right hip is also a possible candidate for replacement. I would do more if I knew what to do. Thank you Floating Island for your "things to do before surgery" What a help. I have printed them and am on a countdown for completing them all. I am open to anyone giving me any help on what I should do before surgery. I am a retired teacher and have used a cane for the past two years and a walker for the past 4 months. It is time.
Thanks for any help you can give me,

Hello, Jeano, I know how you are feeling right now. And being well prepared is the best way to deal with the anxiety. As for pre-op exercises, I was given a book which had some exercises in it, by the PT department at the hospital where I had my surgery. They also teach a class once a week to those facing knee repl surgery, and it was very helpful to attend this class with my husband. There are only four exercises, but the descriptions are too lengthy to repeat here. Focus on getting your quadriceps strong(leg raises), on ankle rotations, and on knee bending (sitting in a chair and moving the foot back under you). It would help if you can reach your feet while sitting in bed or in a chair (to put shoes and socks on yourself). The stronger and more flexble you are going into the surgery, the shorter your recovery time. Understand the day after surgery, when the PT comes into your hospital room and announces, "We're going to get you standing up on those new knees", that it is going to hurt. Embrace the experience (you'll shock the PT!). My surgeon was very helpful when he told me, "It's not the new parts that will hurt. It's the muscles and ligaments that have been stretched to get the parts in place. Don't be afraid to put weight on the new knees." It will hurt less the next time, and the next, and so on.
I had some stomach muscles that were annoyed at being called out of retirement. They were necessary at first for simple things like sitting up in bed from a lying position. You will probably have a bar over your bed to help with this, but no one pointed that out to me at first.
Best of luck, and be sure and let us know how you're getting along.

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