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Re: Tkr
Jan 11, 2010
I have my three month check up on Friday.. I can't believe how fast it has gone. and how wonderful I feel. Oh we have days where we aren't as comfortable as another..but on a whole I would do it over again in a heart beat. I told my dentist the other day I would rather have knee replacement surgery than come see him... didn't make him feel very good...lol.

Stairs will be a welcome in a very short time. I think of how I dreaded them and prior to surgery I could only go up and down stairs a step at a time.. at three months post op I'm using one railing and going up and down them foot over foot which I haven't done in years because of the pain.

Once you are up and moving after surgery... if you have stairs available.. just walk up and down them a couple times a day.. the bending of the knee will help both your ROM and your extension. Won't feel wonderful...but sure is going to help with the mobility of your knee.

I have full extension and my ROM is the same as my other knee now.. still looks bigger than my other knee due to swelling.. but not that bad.

One other thing I noticed. I use to have to lift my leg into the car when getting in... those days are gone to.. I simply get in now... no more lifting a dead weighted leg...

Surgery will be fine and to be honest the pain I don't think was as bad as they lead me to believe. Take your pain meds before PT.. and keep moving.. and you will feel great... Oh one more thing.. since having the surgery somehow... I have lost almost 30 lbs... how the heck I did that I have no idea... but glad.

Good luck... will check back in after Friday's check up...:wave:

Oh one more thing, if you are lucky enough to be given a CPM machine to use.. live in it during the day when you come home... it's great.. really really works the extension and ROM of the knee... it was a blessing.
Re: Tkr
Feb 2, 2010
Hi Matter - you are sounding more positive! Staple removal was no big deal in the great scheme of things. I went to my Doc's office to let one of the nurse there do it, since I was not happy with the home health nurse that the agency had sent ( not the cleanest person and didn't wash hands, gloves pulled from the bottom of a tote bag - icked me out). It pinched a little when some of them came out but it was over quickly. The steri strips are supposed to be on for a few days and then start coming off on their own. The whole thing itches, but from what I can see the scar looks good (29 staples came out) . They said to rub it with vitamin E oil after the steri strips come off.

My swelling has been good - elevation , ice and the CPM. Glad to hear you worked that out. It really helps. Did you read my list of things to have in preparation? Anything to add? My doc wants me to type something up for her office, since their info is all hospital stay based and a little dated. I am using the cane to get around the house, but don't really need it around the bedroom. I have lost about 13 lbs since just before surgery. If I could loose about 50 more, I would be a hot 54 year old....and in a whole lot better health. This is my motivation.

I agree that it is hard to find comfortable positions, I am either in the CPM, in a recliner with a pillow lengthwise under the whole leg, or on my side in bed with a pillow between my legs. Sitting in regular chairs is OK for a while, but not for long.

I did not have PT yesterday or today because I had to change schedules because of my doc's appt changed. He will be here tomorrow and I am hoping that I have not regressed. I do find that if I do the exercises at least twice a day it helps. They hurt, but when I am done, my leg actually feels better. Pain meds are taking care of all the pain, but they help. Always aches... Napping whenever I can, mainly in the CPM.

Good luck. Talk to you soon [email protected]
Re: Tkr
Feb 9, 2010
[QUOTE=Grumpyathome;4181638]Hey Gang - just checking in. Slow day, still dealing with the pain and mood swings. Last day with home PT tomorrow, hopefully I'll have a good report. He kills me with a couple of the flexion exercises. I'll let you know if I survive. Have a good night. G[/QUOTE]


Funny how this surgery works, flexion was a walk in the park for me.. it was the extension that was brutal and that I am still dealing with. I have full extension, they are really happy with it, but after having it bent while I have been sleeping.. it doesn't exactly go straight as fast as my good leg... if you get my meaning.. and like I said before my dr. said the full swelling doesn't go down till around six months.. so I have two more months.. Can't believe it has been four months almost since I had mine..

You'll do fine Grumpy.. and will love doing outside PT.. gives you a chance to get out and feel alive again.

First trip to the store with my walker I was like woo hoo look at me... lol... next trip was to buy the cane a week later.. it's all the little things that really make you excited. Keep telling hubby, watch me walk... lol. He says good now get that scared look off your face... still have a really scary feeling about falling and hate curbs and inclines.. I can do them.. I have just fallen so many times before the surgery concrete and I aren't the best of friends... but each accomplishment as they come.. you will be bragging like I was.

OK.. gotta go to work..:wave:

Have a good day
Re: Tkr
Feb 21, 2010
Hey Jerseyboy and Matter - JB you will learn that we do a lot of posting in the middle of the night post surgery. It is 2:00am and time for a pain pill and a little wait time until it kicks in, so I checked my email and checked the forum (don't like curling or I'd be watching the Olympics too). It's great that your wife is reading this forum too. My husband was totally unprepared for the "Afterwife". She will really be putting up with a whole different husband for a while...(percocet does lots of weird things to body and mind - (consider yourself several of the 7 dwarves plus bitchy and whiny), but eventually you will be able to join the human race again and enjoy life again and she will appreciate that
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About the kneeling - I have been told different things. From don't count on doing it, to some light kneeling with pillows. Before surgery, I was able to get down by sort of stretching my legs out behind me (getting up in reverse) and then doing what I had to do at floor level on my hips, bum or tummy. Now at 4 1/2 weeks, I can get up from a sitting position in the tub, easier than before, as long as I have something to pull up on. You may have trouble doing the crawling around stuff. My Doc (she's great and only does knees and operates in Winter Park, FL) says this operation is about walking and mobility and that we may not get the squatting and kneeling back (very tough on the bionic parts....). But there are many on this forum farther along than I am who are gardening etc...

Oh, I'm from Red Bank, NJ origionally, exit 109 on the GS Parkway, then Salem, VA, then Virginia Beach, VA, now Windermere, FL (where Tiger Woods lives) near Orlando and the happiest place on Earth (except not so much for Tiger now)

I would definitely talk to your Doc again or at least one of is nurses. You should be exercising. You need to strengthen your muscles (especially your quads) and get in shape. I found that the only time I did not hurt when I exercised was in water, so I hit a warm (indoor) pool at the YMCA and did water aerobics and walked and stretched and swam in there. There are also presurgery exercises that you can do at home that really help. The hospital where you have surgery may have a packet available that will give you the exercises. One thing to check on is to find out if you will be on an ortho ward where they just deal with hip and knees or if you will be with the general hospital population. You want to be on an orthopaedic ward because our needs are different we are not sick, but recovering. Also how many knees does your Doc do . Occasionally or all the time? You can also ask your Doc to send you to a physical therapist before surgery to show you the exercises you should be doing. My PT now says that I should consider my exercises my new job.

Hey Matter - gotta love the night pain.... I never had crutches, don't think I would know what to do with them. I picked up my walker some too. Now I am using the cane and that seems to do fine to help my gait. Around the house though, I tend to put it somewhere and then walk off without it. My friend in VA, is still using a walker and is starting to use a cane a little. We are all different, I was off the walker at 10 days. About the swelling, mine has not been bad - VA friend has had tons. My op-leg is slightly more swollen than the non-op leg, but not as bad as before surgery. Try eliminating as much salt from your diet as possible. My PT has been using a great ice pack wrap after my workout that feels great. It's called elastogel and I am going to order a 9" X 24" one with velco straps. I have found it on line for around $40. at one of the big .coms.
Drugs - love them and hate them... started with 12 percocets a day and am now down to 6 to 7 1/2 depending on the day. Can't take NSAIDS so will try using more Arthritis Tylenol in place of some of the Percs soon.

Oh a quick word about sex...(I hope that I don't offend anyone) My daughter (27) was over visiting the other night (she has a home about 5 minutes from where we live) and we were in the bedroom watching Survivor. My husband came in and said "Do you want to watch your mom and me have sex?" She looked kind of horrified (but I knew what he was up to so I played along) So I said "yeah baby" and he reached down and started massaging my leg - my response being "oh baby, yeah baby...." , because right now a leg massage is the best sex I could have. basically better than the "better than sex" ice cream. So I have to say my husband is a very patient guy, it hasn't been much better for him. I need to ask my Doc when it's OK for the real thing - may have to be creative....well, I'm not dead yet....

Well boys, the percs (or I probably wouldn't have shared that) have kicked in so I am going to say goodnight and go back to sleep for 4 or 5 hours.
Less Grumpyathome
Re: Tkr
Feb 21, 2010
Hey Gang, good to hear everyone is doing so well. I was doing great until Thursday when the home care therapist came to do the dismissal from home care. She decided to press down on my knee below the knee cap to help me with straightening my knee and it has swollen and hurts so much, I haven't been able to do much. Seems I will be calling the doctors office first thing tomorrow morning to see if she has caused me any damage or just swelling from pushing down on my knee. I didn't care for her from the beginning and now I really don't like her. If she has cause me damage it will not be a pretty scene. The area right below my knee cap is so swollen and hurts so much I have had to be back on pain pills around the clock the entire weekend. The polar care is in use around the clock also. It has been a major set back for me. Makes me mad because I had worked myself off the pain pills except for therapy and night. I was to begin out patient therapy tomorrow, but my have to put it off. After this experience, I think the second knee I will just do the exercise they give you in the hospital and start out patient therapy sooner. Seems home therapy at least in our area is not so great. Well, one way to look at this, more pain pills, no appetite/weight loss. I was just beginning to eat a more normal diet and now it will be screwed up with pain pills again. :(. This is not going to slow me down, because I already felt better than before the surgery. I hated therapist before, not I really dislike them.
Re: Tkr
Feb 21, 2010
[QUOTE=cricut;4189715]Hey Gang, good to hear everyone is doing so well. I was doing great until Thursday when the home care therapist came to do the dismissal from home care. She decided to press down on my knee below the knee cap to help me with straightening my knee and it has swollen and hurts so much, I haven't been able to do much. Seems I will be calling the doctors office first thing tomorrow morning to see if she has caused me any damage or just swelling from pushing down on my knee. I didn't care for her from the beginning and now I really don't like her. If she has cause me damage it will not be a pretty scene. The area right below my knee cap is so swollen and hurts so much I have had to be back on pain pills around the clock the entire weekend. The polar care is in use around the clock also. It has been a major set back for me. Makes me mad because I had worked myself off the pain pills except for therapy and night. I was to begin out patient therapy tomorrow, but my have to put it off. After this experience, I think the second knee I will just do the exercise they give you in the hospital and start out patient therapy sooner. Seems home therapy at least in our area is not so great. Well, one way to look at this, more pain pills, no appetite/weight loss. I was just beginning to eat a more normal diet and now it will be screwed up with pain pills again. :(. This is not going to slow me down, because I already felt better than before the surgery. I hated therapist before, not I really dislike them.[/QUOTE]

Hi Cricut - sorry to hear about your PT problem, I hope that the swelling is only temporary and no permanent problems. With both my PT's, the first meeting with them, I asked their philosophy on pain and pushing me beyond my comfort zone. Both told me that they would only push as far as I would let them, so I was comfortable with them. I tell them to stop when it starts to get out of hand. It doesn't sound like she gave you that opportunity. Better luck with outpatient therapy. Let us know how it goes with your Doc.
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Re: Tkr
Feb 23, 2010
Jerseyboy, as one who was scared to death before surgery, let me tell you it was a total waste of time worrying. It has been the best thing I could have done. I worried myself to the point of being sick and canceling and this forum group is the only thing that keeps me going and the positive feedback. I had bone on bone and my knee was giving out on me as I walked. I will have the right one done as soon as I am ready, probably sometime in May. It is not easy! A positive can do attitude is the key to your recovery. Do not plan on sitting around feeling sorry for your self. Plan on getting up, doing your exercises and waiting on yourself as soon as possible. It is the key to your recovery. Personally I believe the CPM and Polar Ice machine were the key to a faster start. I used the CPM in the hospital and at home for two weeks. I slept with the CPM for a week nearly day and night. I used the Polar Ice nearly around the clock the first week and all night for two weeks to control the swelling. After each exercise time I ice to control swelling which enables me to continue walking with ease. If possible rent one for home use to continue therapy, and I think everyone will agree it is the best. You can buy the polar ice, but I have seen some on ebay for a reasonable price. Might want to look into one before surgery especially if you are having both knees done. It also saves leaking bags in your bed and uncomfortable ice bags, which hurt on new incision.
In regards to my earlier post, went to outpatient PT yesterday for first time and told PT what had happened with home PT. She told me she had caused me bruising and swelling from trying to straighten my knee and she massaged and worked on me and it felt like heaven by the time I left. I was so worried and I think I found an angel. I will find pain next visit, but yesterday she treated me with kid gloves and worked out the pain. Very encouraging. I was at 90 degrees on Thursday with other PT and after massage yesterday on my own it dropped to 104. So I guess I have made more progress than I thought. Like I always said, a good PT makes the difference.
Re: Tkr
Feb 23, 2010
[QUOTE=cricut;4191088]Jerseyboy, as one who was scared to death before surgery, let me tell you it was a total waste of time worrying. It has been the best thing I could have done. I worried myself to the point of being sick and canceling and this forum group is the only thing that keeps me going and the positive feedback. I had bone on bone and my knee was giving out on me as I walked. I will have the right one done as soon as I am ready, probably sometime in May. It is not easy! A positive can do attitude is the key to your recovery. Do not plan on sitting around feeling sorry for your self. Plan on getting up, doing your exercises and waiting on yourself as soon as possible. It is the key to your recovery. Personally I believe the CPM and Polar Ice machine were the key to a faster start. I used the CPM in the hospital and at home for two weeks. I slept with the CPM for a week nearly day and night. I used the Polar Ice nearly around the clock the first week and all night for two weeks to control the swelling. After each exercise time I ice to control swelling which enables me to continue walking with ease. If possible rent one for home use to continue therapy, and I think everyone will agree it is the best. You can buy the polar ice, but I have seen some on ebay for a reasonable price. Might want to look into one before surgery especially if you are having both knees done. It also saves leaking bags in your bed and uncomfortable ice bags, which hurt on new incision.
In regards to my earlier post, went to outpatient PT yesterday for first time and told PT what had happened with home PT. She told me she had caused me bruising and swelling from trying to straighten my knee and she massaged and worked on me and it felt like heaven by the time I left. I was so worried and I think I found an angel. I will find pain next visit, but yesterday she treated me with kid gloves and worked out the pain. Very encouraging. I was at 90 degrees on Thursday with other PT and after massage yesterday on my own it dropped to 104. So I guess I have made more progress than I thought. Like I always said, a good PT makes the difference.[/QUOTE]

Hey Cricut - glad to read such a positive post and to hear that your home PT didn't do any permanent damage. I am finding that PT has good and bad benefits. Yes, I am sore during and after, but I can see differences in my extension and flex. I walk straighter after PT. I much prefer the outpatient PT over home PT.

I still am finding that the ache time between pain meds really brings me down, waking me from sleep and making me boohoo much to the chagrin of my husband. I am not normally a crybaby, but I know that it comes as a side effect of the percocet. I was up from 4:30 am to 6:30 this morning, finally got in the tub and soaked and then iced my knee before I could get back to sleep. Can't wait for the ache to go away... Other than that the knee is great.

Jerseyboy - doing the TKR will change your life - it is a long haul to recovery, but not doing it means that you knees will continue to get worse and you lifestyle will continue to go downhill. We are too young, to not to enjoy life.
Hopefully less Grumpyathome soon....
Re: Tkr
Feb 26, 2010
Hi gang, just thought I would check in to see how everybody is keeping. I had PT a couple of times this week and while I thought I was progressing my flex/ext is still weak. My flexion is around 95 - 100, while ext is -10. I thought I would be a little further along than that. When I'm in the CPM, I'm at 120 but again with pain. The swelling is still an issue and I've been slacking on the exercises but haven't had much desire to do them after physio. I'm usually in a great deal of pain later in the evening (on physio days). Might be babying it a bit so need to get back at it. Therapist reiterated that I need to keep using my walker or crutches when walking. I'm worried that I've been doing to much walking around the house without anything, hope I haven't damaged anything but the knee feels fine. Where I do feel pain is in my right hip (had left knee operated on) when I walk with crutches for some distance. Probably over compensating.
The last few days have been brutal for sleep, I was doing fine for a week before that and now it's back to tossing and turning trying to find a comfortable position for the knee. How frustrating! Still taking morphine in the evening trying to help me sleep but lately it hasn't seemed to help.
I had planned to fly down to Tucson, Arizona to watch my daughter play softball on March 09 but decided to cancel my trip. I just don't think I'm ready to fly (not sure I could hack 4.5 hours in a plane) and then all the walking when I get there.
Took back the Cyro cuff because I purchased a gel pack that just fits inside a sleeve that you velcro around your knee. I find much easier to use and I find it to be much colder and lasts longer. The CPM machine goes back next week, I'm going to miss it actually but it's time to move on to the next phase of physio. Anybody doing any water workouts? I'm not real crazy about getting in the pool (not a pleasant site) but I like the water. Although I'm not the best swimmer, I'm sure there are some great aqua exercises that I could do.
Take good care everyone and have a great weekend.
Re: Tkr
Feb 26, 2010
[QUOTE=MATTER;4193584]Hi gang, just thought I would check in to see how everybody is keeping. I had PT a couple of times this week and while I thought I was progressing my flex/ext is still weak. My flexion is around 95 - 100, while ext is -10. I thought I would be a little further along than that. When I'm in the CPM, I'm at 120 but again with pain. The swelling is still an issue and I've been slacking on the exercises but haven't had much desire to do them after physio. I'm usually in a great deal of pain later in the evening (on physio days). Might be babying it a bit so need to get back at it. Therapist reiterated that I need to keep using my walker or crutches when walking. I'm worried that I've been doing to much walking around the house without anything, hope I haven't damaged anything but the knee feels fine. Where I do feel pain is in my right hip (had left knee operated on) when I walk with crutches for some distance. Probably over compensating.
The last few days have been brutal for sleep, I was doing fine for a week before that and now it's back to tossing and turning trying to find a comfortable position for the knee. How frustrating! Still taking morphine in the evening trying to help me sleep but lately it hasn't seemed to help.
I had planned to fly down to Tucson, Arizona to watch my daughter play softball on March 09 but decided to cancel my trip. I just don't think I'm ready to fly (not sure I could hack 4.5 hours in a plane) and then all the walking when I get there.
Took back the Cyro cuff because I purchased a gel pack that just fits inside a sleeve that you velcro around your knee. I find much easier to use and I find it to be much colder and lasts longer. The CPM machine goes back next week, I'm going to miss it actually but it's time to move on to the next phase of physio. Anybody doing any water workouts? I'm not real crazy about getting in the pool (not a pleasant site) but I like the water. Although I'm not the best swimmer, I'm sure there are some great aqua exercises that I could do.
Take good care everyone and have a great weekend.[/QUOTE]

Hi All - and Matter!
Pool workouts are great! I have not gotten back in the pool since surgery, but did a lot of water aerobics, swimming and exercising in the pool at home and at the Y prior to surgery. It was the only place that I could exercise without pain. I was in a class with several TKR patients who loved it. I plan on going back to the Y pool as soon as I can drive myself. And if it would warm up in Florida I would get into my pool in a heartbeat.

I ordered an elasto-gel pack which should get here on Monday. It's what I have been using at PT and is very soft and comfortable. I ordered the 9" X 24" so it should cover a lot. I can't wait. I have an ACE one now that is not as flexible, but works well, so between the two and when I want to sit in our recliner I have the cryo-cuff, so I am covered for icing.

PT is going well, but I know what you mean about the pain the night after. I am up for an hour or two during the night. Thank goodness for DVR's, so I can watch something decent on TV.

As Dinojen says on the other post, I also am probably not doing enough exercise. But I'm not sure if the pain is from doing too much or too little...or just healing pain. I am tired of pain. Mobility is so good, that I feel like the pain should go away so I can get off the percocet. But when I cut back on the pills, I know it and have to play catch-up on pain.

Have a good weekend to all healing. Grumpy
Re: Tkr
Mar 12, 2010
Hey gang, hope all is well. It's been awhile since I posted but have been following along with everybodys progress and questions.
Jerseyboy... I'm with [email protected] and cricut regarding the icing, I would ice the front and back and use gel packs that fit in sometype of velcro sleeve. I can't speak for the wraps, but at the end of the day... just get ice on it. It helps so much!
Rustyhinges... I hope your Doctor can also pull another rabbit from his hat, so you don't have to have the surgery. Unfortunately, I ran out of rabbits and had to "go bionic". While I'm only at seven weeks,the knee seems to be progressing slowly but I think there is light at the end of the tunnel. As far as home care, I stayed in the hospital for one full week and then I was on my own during the day until my wife came home after work. I seemed to get along fine fending for myself during the day. Remember, everyone is different and copes with pain and other things at their own pace/ability. Don't look at doing many chores except looking after yourself! Visit this site and ask lots of questions, you will find people willing to offer advice an support which has been awesome for me,
I still have lots of swelling and pain at night but have almost grown accustom to it somewhat. I've slacked off the exercise a little but have started riding the bike a half hour a day.
Question for others that are rehabbing... I'm still not great on the stairs and not foot over foot yet. It seems to me that I should probably be further along than I am. How are others doing at this, going up is not so bad but I'm slow going down.
Hope all is well and have a great weekend everybody!
Re: Tkr
Mar 16, 2010
Hey Matter - glad to hear that you are sleeping better. I am getting in a couple of more hours at night too. The night and day after PT are always a little rougher.

Stairs -- to be honest, I don't have to use them at home, I should be practicing on the ones going up to the ROG, but have been lazy. I just have on step into the house from the garage and that is no problem. I guess I should start going up and down the stairs more often. My swelling has never been much of a problem, but I am still icing several times a day. Like you I get my best work out at PT, but I am trying to do more around the house. Still have to get a nap or two in during the day though.

Everyday, I do see improvement, so I am still have that I had the TKR. Looking forward to the day that I stop thinking about it. Talk to you soon! G
Re: Tkr
Mar 25, 2010
Morning.. wow.. who the heck is skiing at 8 weeks.. I'm 20 weeks post and wouldn't even think about it...lol. I am impressed...:p

Well just got off the phone with the dr's office. Going back to therapy.. hubby has said honey your limping again.. (plus he reminded me of lack of my exercising due to cockiness).. Dr's. office laughed said that I have no idea how many calls they get like that. People are so bad off when they come in for the surgery they think once they are up and walking ... WOW.. I'm doing great.. then they slack off... THAT WOULD BE ME..:wave: Don't get me wrong.. I'm walking ok.. just still stiff and feels weak. Still hold on to the railing walking up the stair and down but only one railing. Went back to doing the exercises that they gave me when I came home from the hospital.. morning and night.. and told them about the horrible therapist that I had after my surgery who didn't do squat but rub my scar and sit in her office or talk to other patients (male) while I did the same exercises I was doing at home, the ones from the hospital.. so.. Weds. I go for an evaluation on how I am doing and they are going to get me back on track.. I don't want to screw up my big expenditure.. if you get my drift.

Swelling isn't bad at all really... and I did notice that since I went back to do the whole exercise thing I can really feel the burn behind my knee.. not horrible just noticeable.

Well.. color me stupid for slacking off.. but I was just so excited about doing things that I hadn't done in so long I thought WOW.. but back to therapy I go.. I wanna be able to ski too... LOL... (haven't gone skiing in years... I'd probably kill myself) I'll take long trips to the mall and walking in San Francisco.

Hope everyone is doing well.. and recovering.. just thought I would check in.. and I will let you know what my evaluation says... I feel sooooooooooo stupid...:dizzy:

Have a great day everyone...
Re: Tkr
Mar 31, 2010
Word of advise, just because you feel better doesn't mean your knee is all better. Tried to do to much on Tuesday, such as cleaning all floors, shampooing carpet, mopping tile, etc. Today I was miserable at therapy after being up all night with discomfort and pain. Learned my lesson the hard way. Spread out that work and don't over do it just because you feel better. Knee was swollen and so stiff. Therapist helped work out lots of the pain with massage, but it will take a few days of being good and taking it easy to get the swelling to go down. I just wanted to clean my house and get it back into shape. It can just stay dirty from now on, and it anyone doesn't like it they can just come clean it. :)
Re: Tkr
Apr 9, 2010
Hello... been a while since I last posted but I have been following how everybody is doing. Nice to see the JB survived (we all knew he would) and is now fully entrenched in the rehab phase. [email protected], you appear to be well on your way, glad to see your three month check up was good. I've been slacking on the exercises for the last week so I'm sure I'll hear about at PT this morning. I seem to be doing fine... I don't think I'll ever get to 120 but I'm able to ride a bike and that was one of my goals. I still have significant swelling which is really a drag because I'm sure it's impacting upon my ROM. I haven't had to take drugs since a month after the surgery but I find after a lengthy car ride my knee swells and the pain sets in. I've used a few Tylenol but not sure I find them helpful.
Well back to work on Monday, it will be close to three months from my surgery date (I could have gone back a month ago) but I have the time and I was in no rush to return. I'm an office guy but have the opportunity to get out and about so keeping the knee moving shouldn't be a problem.
Glad to see that everybody is moving along, it's good inspiration for me to keep working on my exercises.
Have a great weekend and take good care.
Matt.
Re: Tkr
Apr 12, 2010
[QUOTE=dinojen;4223827]Hi guys.. just checking in on fellow bionic friends.. after sitting on my butt watching golf all afternoon... lol.
Love reading about all your improvements.. isn't it unbelievable the difference after a couple weeks post surgery.
Really making a effort to improve on being a lazy butt about exercise... this week is my first week back to PT.. got great extension and ROM.. just need to strengthen my lazy leg. The PT says my leg was so weak for so long.. I mean a long time.. that it might take some time and EFFORT.. to build the strength back..
Do any of you that are say post 4 mos. notice if you sit too long it is stiff.. I mean really stiff... geesh.. it's like if you sit with your legs straight or bent you still get the same effect... not complaining.. it's still ten times better than pre surgery... so I'm not complaining.. once you are up and walking it usually goes away.
JB so happy to hear you are doing well. love that you are doing so well... see it wasn't that bad was it ... lol...PT two times this week...love this new therapist.[/QUOTE]

I'm just past 5 months on L and nearly 9 weeks on R. Both knees very stiff after sitting, but all bionic vets tell me this goes away. Maybe a year? I also can't walk fast. Or even medium. But I really have no pain. I do the daily exercises and massage the knees, which makes them feel great. Also, I am off the hydrocodone and quite happy about that. Just a couple Tylenol a day, and I might not even need that. And finally the swelling seems to be going away, too. Progress! It's a beautiful thing!
Re: Tkr
Apr 17, 2010
WOW Grumpy, lol, I guess I did kinda deserve that one.

Well, let me tell you all about my past couple days. Thursday afternoon my right hand began to swell, in true JB fashion, I freaked out and call the oncall doc who told be to take Benedryl and monitor the situation and go to ER of it got worse. Friday morning my hands looked like the Pillsbury Dough Boy (seriously) I also had a rash over most of my back and arms. Once Debbie saw that we were off to the ER. They drew blood, results came back perfectly normal, so they told me I likely had Arthritus/Degenerative Joint Disease (WHAT!!!) I basically told the doc I thought he was nuts. He sent me home with a Medrol Dosepak and Midol telling me if it got worse to come back. by 1030 (2 hours) later, after taking my morning meds, I woke up and things were drastically worse, the swelling had dramatically increased in my hands and now both feet, it was spreading up both arms about 4 to 5 inches above the wrist, my entire torso was covered with blotches and lumps. Surprisingly, the only area of my body that was not affected was my legs. I called my Ortho Dr and he advised to to go the the closest ER as soon as I could get there, OK I'm really freaking out now, by the time Debbie got me in the car I was gasping for air (I literally thought for a moment I was going to die in the front seat of my car). We went to a different ER and got back within 10 minutes. I saw a PA and a nurse and they almost immediately had a disgnosis of severe allergy to ACE inhibitors (My BP med that I had been taking for 2 years was the cause). They pushed I think 5 different meds into my IV, I remember her saying Benadryl, Pepsid but don't remember the others. My BP went as low as 82/48. They kept me most of the day and sent me home about 4pm. Today I am much better. There still is substaintial swelling in both feel and both hands are now like mini dough boys, but I feel better. Missed PT completely yeaterday but will do the exercises that I can today, there's a lot of swelling in my feet. I think after a few days of Benadryl and other stuff given at the hospital will make the situation better over the next few days.
Re: Tkr
Apr 17, 2010
[QUOTE=jerseyboy;4227760]WOW Grumpy, lol, I guess I did kinda deserve that one.

Well, let me tell you all about my past couple days. Thursday afternoon my right hand began to swell, in true JB fashion, I freaked out and call the oncall doc who told be to take Benedryl and monitor the situation and go to ER of it got worse. Friday morning my hands looked like the Pillsbury Dough Boy (seriously) I also had a rash over most of my back and arms. Once Debbie saw that we were off to the ER. They drew blood, results came back perfectly normal, so they told me I likely had Arthritus/Degenerative Joint Disease (WHAT!!!) I basically told the doc I thought he was nuts. He sent me home with a Medrol Dosepak and Midol telling me if it got worse to come back. by 1030 (2 hours) later, after taking my morning meds, I woke up and things were drastically worse, the swelling had dramatically increased in my hands and now both feet, it was spreading up both arms about 4 to 5 inches above the wrist, my entire torso was covered with blotches and lumps. Surprisingly, the only area of my body that was not affected was my legs. I called my Ortho Dr and he advised to to go the the closest ER as soon as I could get there, OK I'm really freaking out now, by the time Debbie got me in the car I was gasping for air (I literally thought for a moment I was going to die in the front seat of my car). We went to a different ER and got back within 10 minutes. I saw a PA and a nurse and they almost immediately had a disgnosis of severe allergy to ACE inhibitors (My BP med that I had been taking for 2 years was the cause). They pushed I think 5 different meds into my IV, I remember her saying Benadryl, Pepsid but don't remember the others. My BP went as low as 82/48. They kept me most of the day and sent me home about 4pm. Today I am much better. There still is substaintial swelling in both feel and both hands are now like mini dough boys, but I feel better. Missed PT completely yeaterday but will do the exercises that I can today, there's a lot of swelling in my feet. I think after a few days of Benadryl and other stuff given at the hospital will make the situation better over the next few days.[/QUOTE]

Holy chit you freaked me out... glad to hear you are doing better... what a weird reaction... to a med that you normally take.
Glad the second ER was more attentive than the first and you are feeling better... reading your post of what transpired I was like :eek:

Thinking of you and hope you are feeling better.. do the exercises you can and don't be a slacker like some people we know....:D I learned my lesson the hard way.. now I honestly know what true PT is after a TKR.. I still am trying to figure out how I can nail my original PT lady.

Take care.. so glad all is well... keep us updated... spouses are a god sent during this rehab... I can't thank my husband enough.. he is my own private nurse, PT and just caretaker... ;)
Re: Tkr
Apr 18, 2010
Hi all;

I am 51 and had my TKR done in Nov, so I am 5 months out. Originally injured my knee skiing, so i have already had 3 ACLS and another 12 Arthroscopies (for debridement, etc).

Had 80 - 85 flexion prior to TKR and only have 95 now. Scheduled for closed manipulation end of May. Anyone have experience with that after TKR? How much pain and swelling can I expect after a manip? I am planning to take a week off of work and have been told to do PT 3 x/week, (Not sure how much additional range I will obtain, since I did a manipulation after last ACL about 20 years ago with no success).

Also, my PT is suggesting using a DynoSplint to help with flexion. Anyone know more about that?

At least, I have extension of 0 (on a good day).
Re: Tkr
Apr 18, 2010
[QUOTE=jerseyboy;4227760]WOW Grumpy, lol, I guess I did kinda deserve that one.

Well, let me tell you all about my past couple days. Thursday afternoon my right hand began to swell, in true JB fashion, I freaked out and call the oncall doc who told be to take Benedryl and monitor the situation and go to ER of it got worse. Friday morning my hands looked like the Pillsbury Dough Boy (seriously) I also had a rash over most of my back and arms. Once Debbie saw that we were off to the ER. They drew blood, results came back perfectly normal, so they told me I likely had Arthritus/Degenerative Joint Disease (WHAT!!!) I basically told the doc I thought he was nuts. He sent me home with a Medrol Dosepak and Midol telling me if it got worse to come back. by 1030 (2 hours) later, after taking my morning meds, I woke up and things were drastically worse, the swelling had dramatically increased in my hands and now both feet, it was spreading up both arms about 4 to 5 inches above the wrist, my entire torso was covered with blotches and lumps. Surprisingly, the only area of my body that was not affected was my legs. I called my Ortho Dr and he advised to to go the the closest ER as soon as I could get there, OK I'm really freaking out now, by the time Debbie got me in the car I was gasping for air (I literally thought for a moment I was going to die in the front seat of my car). We went to a different ER and got back within 10 minutes. I saw a PA and a nurse and they almost immediately had a disgnosis of severe allergy to ACE inhibitors (My BP med that I had been taking for 2 years was the cause). They pushed I think 5 different meds into my IV, I remember her saying Benadryl, Pepsid but don't remember the others. My BP went as low as 82/48. They kept me most of the day and sent me home about 4pm. Today I am much better. There still is substaintial swelling in both feel and both hands are now like mini dough boys, but I feel better. Missed PT completely yeaterday but will do the exercises that I can today, there's a lot of swelling in my feet. I think after a few days of Benadryl and other stuff given at the hospital will make the situation better over the next few days.[/QUOTE]

Good Lord, JB - Now I feel really bad about teasing you. Glad to hear they figured it out. I also take an Ace inhibitor (plus 2 others), which one do you take? I hope I never have a reaction like that.
The other night, I was fighting allergies (our lovely Florida pollen is everywhere) and took a Benedryl - which I hadn't had in years, but my husband had just bought a box) . So I thought well maybe it would put me to sleep and dry my up. It did dry up my nose, but it made me so jittery I did not sleep a wink all night. Around 4AM, I got out my laptop and looked up drug interactions, and apparently, it can react with any of the 3 BP meds I take. Also oxy or hydrocodone, which fortunately I haven't been taking. So my advice to those who are popping pills post surgery, check on the web, before you pop a OTC.
I go to my GP on Monday for a regular check up and I plan to discuss with him, what I can take for allergies that won't react to my meds. I have usually been careful, but I just didn't think when I took the benedryl

Pretty much down to a couple of tylenol every so often - really not even once a day, mainly after doing the bike and leg press. My leg is a little achy, but nowhere near what it was before surgery. And the side of my knee still feels numb, like the dentist gave it a shot of novacaine.

Today is my 3 month anniversary of my TKR! I can't tell if my extension is 0 yet, but I am working on it, and I still would like better flex, but it seems to do what I need at this point, so I shouldn't complain.

Magic have their first playoff game tonite. Will be watching on the TV and flipping to the Amazing Race. GO MAGIC!!!!!
Rainy day today in Orlando - may have to nap some! Have a good day!
LessGrumpyathome
Re: Tkr
Apr 18, 2010
[QUOTE=milliejs;4227874]Hi Dino....I'm not 4 months yet but am 3 1/2 months and that is my biggest complaint. If I sit with my legs bent for even 30 minutes...my knee starts swelling which makes it feel stiff. I don't think it's swollen horribly, just enough to make knee hurt. I asked the surgeon about the swelling and his answer was..."sometimes it just happens"....if it keeps up I may have to make some waves LOL[/QUOTE]


Well I had my six month anniversary last Thursday the 15th. All in all I'm doing pretty well. But as you are even at six mos. sitting for long periods with either the knee bent or straight you will find it takes a few strides to walk it out. Usually what I do is a few heel pulls or just flexing the knee back and forth before getting up. I can still hear little crunching noises.. not sure if that is going to be a permanent thing.

I'm really irritated with my original PT, I can't believe I didn't do half of the things you guys are doing at my sessions. I could never figure out why Grumpy was so exhausted and had pain and I was coming home with nothing really... NOW.. I understand.. I'm doing step ups, leg lifts with weights, hip rises, knee flexing with weights, marching with weights.. this original PT person didn't have me do any of this.. and boy do I feel the difference.

Grumpy... got one question for you.. are you still doing outpatient PT and how long will you continue?

The PT guy did tell me when he watches me walk I tend to swing my leg to avoid using my quads, so know when I go up the steps I do it much much slower so I am raising my operated leg totally without swing to get it up the step.. big difference, I never noticed it before.

I also have been going down to our gym and using this weight thing that you sit and put your feet behind this bar and lift it up.. not sure what it is called.. but hubby set it at 10 lbs and I can do about 10 of them...

Sure have a different outlook now though and realize what all you guys are talking about as far as discomfort after PT...:dizzy:

Hope everyone is doing well and like I said in the beginning of this post.. I find just flexing your leg back and forth a few times.. maybe ten will make it easier when you get up from sitting with you knee bent.

JB... hope you are finally all unswollen.. and feeling better...
Re: Tkr
Apr 21, 2010
JB - I loved soaking in the tub before surgery - even when it was touch and go whether I was going to be able to get out... So that was my goal after surgery. My Doc gave me the go ahead at my 1 month check up. I was in that afternoon. My left leg is not as bad as my surgery leg was - so most of my weight would go on it as I ease down, with the surgical leg sort of stretched out with my arms holding on to the sides taking a lot of my body weight (my jacuzzi tub has hand holds which really helps). I had my hubby on standby when I was ready to get out, but I didn't need his help. Getting out, again I use upper body strength and push off with my non-surgical leg and then get the surgical leg in on the action. The first time I got in the tub after surgery, I actually did a dry run, so I wouldn't be soaking wet, naked and stuck! I am now trying to use the surgical leg more to help me get out. It's really lucky that we are not in a drought, because for a while I was in the tub 2 or 3 times a day. I had my book, the remote (bedroom tv is visible from my tub) and my cell phone. If someone would have brought me food, I probably would have stayed there all day and half the night. One thing to note when you first start soaking - don't let the water be too hot, and keep your knee out of the water some of the time to prevent more swelling. (I just kept it bent above the water level or elevated resting on the side of the tub. I agree with Dinojen about doing the heel stretches. Happy soaking! Grumpy
Re: Tkr
Apr 24, 2010
[QUOTE=jerseyboy;4231735]Hi Barb,
You know, last night was the first time I was able to get into the tub, and it really did feel good, but you are 100% right about the swelling. My knee went up like a balloon, plus I didn't get a good night's sleep last night. I iced down twice through the night but it was really just achey. My PT really put me through the wringer yesterday so I wonder if that was the reason more so that the hot water?

I'm really sorry to hear you're not doing as well as you had hoped. I am trying to do everything that I can so that when I have to go back to work I'll be as ready as I can be. My PT says I'm at about 95 % flex. I think I should be more than that by now, shouldn't I? Or do you think I'm pushing too hard?[/QUOTE]

Hey JB - the swelling was probably a combo or too much hot water and all the exercise you did. Try keeping the temp down a little (although I always keep it pretty hot) But either elevate that leg over the side or keep the bent knee out of the water -- it really helps. Sometimes, I ice my knee right after. It's still early yet for you, and you have had swelling as an issue. Enjoy ! Grumpy
Re: Tkr
May 10, 2010
[QUOTE=dinojen;4242337]Catching up... first Happy Mother's Day to all the Bionic Mom's out there and thank you JB for the wishes.

Grumpy sorry to hear about your Mom's accident, I hope she is okay and doing better. I'm so grateful my Mom is in the shape she is.. and she will be a young 93 next month... I will keep your Mom in my prayers Grumpy.

JB, I always get iced when I am done with PT.. always.. I have to ask not to do it if I need to hurry to get back to work. They have these really cool machines they use.. wrap your leg up snug and turn on this cooling machine .. god it feels good... wish I had one at home.

My back has been killing me lately, I noticed it Friday.. still bothering me, right in the small of my back, I must of tweaked it. If it's still bothering me I will ask about it on Weds. when I go for PT. If it's not one thing it's another.

I did go to the mall yesterday and walked the whole distance and back again.. I couldn't believe I did it.. still have issues with distance but that's been explained to me as to it's because my leg was very weak before surgery so... it's getting better at least.

That's about all to report. Hey JB... took me several months for the heat of the knee to go away and the swelling to go totally away... mine felt warm for quite a few months.. it all comes to an end eventually.

Have a great Sunday everyone:wave:[/QUOTE]

My knee still gets warm and like my DOC says: "It takes a year to heal". I usually ice in the evenings, but if I have biked or done a lot of something, then I try to ice after that too. Tylenol at bedtime.

I had a time during PT when my hip and back were killing me. So I told the PT and she eased up on some of the exercises that would bother the back.

My mom is back in the Memory Care Unit and back to her routine. They suggested that I contact hospice care and she was evaluated yesterday and will begin to get services today. The main thing that I was interested in was that they supply a lowering bed and floor pad to help lessen falls. But they will also monitor her more closely and take over some of her personal care. So that should help with some of my worries.

The knee is doing great! If it weren't for the numbness and some ache when I move funny or go down stairs, I would say it is pretty close to normal. Still get tired, but I can do a lot more than a few weeks ago! Four Months is Magic!

Go Orlando MAGIC!
Re: Tkr
May 23, 2010
Hi all,
I see some very familiar names :angel:and thought I would check in. It has been a while and although all is going ok, I wish I were farther along. To refresh my friends that were with me months ago... I had bilateral TKR in December after being on a cane for over 2 years, a walker for one year and a loss of 120 pounds. 10 hours after surgery I had bilateral strokes due to dangerously low blood pressure. Then 10 days in a coma. :( I spent a total of 28 days in the hospital/rehab and came home with new knees and right side weakness. At three month Pt said I needed a new hip before they could go any further...so March 30 I had a thr. Four days in the hospital and home. I am having outpatient pt twice a week. I can use a cane almost all the time at home and sometimes when I am out. I use the walker for very long walks. I can do the stairs at pt holding the rail with one hand. I cannot walk without some assistance either the rails at pt, cane, or walker. I think there is some fear there that is holding me back. I still have some right knee pain, occasional swelling, and use Norco sometimes. I know that my story is different from some of you, that it takes a year to heal, etc. etc. but I am getting just a bit tired of still needing help- like a cane. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can move along a little more quickly? I have done some warm water exercises ---my knee swelled and I limped for two days, I walk outside---same thing. Am I just being impatient? :confused: I read of so many of you who are out mowing grass and walking the mall....I WANT to do those things too. :( Thanks for listening/reading.
Jeano:)
Re: Tkr
May 24, 2010
[QUOTE=Jeanob;4251825]Hi all,
I see some very familiar names :angel:and thought I would check in. It has been a while and although all is going ok, I wish I were farther along. To refresh my friends that were with me months ago... I had bilateral TKR in December after being on a cane for over 2 years, a walker for one year and a loss of 120 pounds. 10 hours after surgery I had bilateral strokes due to dangerously low blood pressure. Then 10 days in a coma. :( I spent a total of 28 days in the hospital/rehab and came home with new knees and right side weakness. At three month Pt said I needed a new hip before they could go any further...so March 30 I had a thr. Four days in the hospital and home. I am having outpatient pt twice a week. I can use a cane almost all the time at home and sometimes when I am out. I use the walker for very long walks. I can do the stairs at pt holding the rail with one hand. I cannot walk without some assistance either the rails at pt, cane, or walker. I think there is some fear there that is holding me back. I still have some right knee pain, occasional swelling, and use Norco sometimes. I know that my story is different from some of you, that it takes a year to heal, etc. etc. but I am getting just a bit tired of still needing help- like a cane. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can move along a little more quickly? I have done some warm water exercises ---my knee swelled and I limped for two days, I walk outside---same thing. Am I just being impatient? :confused: I read of so many of you who are out mowing grass and walking the mall....I WANT to do those things too. :( Thanks for listening/reading.
Jeano:)[/QUOTE]

Hi Jeano, I don't have any advise except to say "Hang in there!" It sounds like you have really been through the ringer. I just want to let you know I will be praying for your recovery :)

One of the newbies on the board :) Mike





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