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Old 01-09-2018, 08:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New knee

Finally took the step and had total left knee replacement surgery this AM. The doc told my wife that my bone on bone joint was nearly out of bone. Staying the night in the hospital and going home tomorrow. When the therapist came, was able to walk over 400 ft with a walker. Got to admit I was kind of woozy when I got back to my room. Short term goals are to totally get off the pain meds by two weeks so I can drive and get back to the shop. This may be a first...I actually called the hospital kitchen and told them that the pot roast I had for dinner was delicious, which it was.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm glad all went well. I hope you continue to improve and back to normal soon.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Doctors here are making noises about two knee replacements. I haven't pulled the trigger yet because they tell me I won't be able to work again at my trade. 99% of the time I am on my knees at some point on any job. Replacements will not allow me to do this. Funny as when we are young we don't think of that and now that I am old, can't help but think of that.
Back is giving me trouble also. Looking at a lift from Northern Tool to help. Wish I had thought of this 30 years ago,
Funny as how in my 30's.......200 lbs. wasn't that much. Now in my 60's, I groan just thinking about it.
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I had my left knee replaced in March 2016. I blew the knee out playing football in high school over 50 years ago and had 3 previous surgeries on the knee. The surgery was fine but the recovery takes time and patience. Keep ahead of the pain and you will heal quicker. Don't be fooled by the walk today, you still have a lot of pain meds in your system. Go to all of your Physical Terrorist appointments.

Good luck!
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Old 01-10-2018, 12:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey Burlman,
Welcome to the titanium club. I had my right knee replaced last June and my left knee last October. My only regret is the doc says I have to give up running. When I had my first one done, I was so fed up with being bed bound, I went out and mowed the lawn. I figured pushing a lawn mower had to be just like hanging onto a walker. Big mistake. Foot, Knee and leg swelled up like a watermelon. Learned my lesson. Anyway good luck with your recovery. Make sure you do your exercises.

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Old 01-10-2018, 03:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I worked electrical construction for 35 years. Up & down concrete stairs all day, every day, day after day. I wore out my knees about 10 years ago.
My wife calls them "Rice Krispie Knees" because they snap, crackle, and pop.

My Dr. says I need replacement joints. I told him when I can't crawl, I'll come see him. Until then, you ain't cutting on me.

I hope you heal up soon, my friend.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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John, so pleased that all has gone well with your Knee Replacement.
Don't try to be a Hero, use the Pain Med's as prescribed.
I had my Knee Replaced just over 12 months ago.
In Australia, they had me up walking, with a Physio and a Frame, the day after Surgery. On day 4 they Discharged me from the Hospital and sent me to a Rehabilitation Facility as prearranged.
I spent two weeks in the Rehabilitation Facility.
They have Specialist Rehabilitation Physicians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and specialized equipment for Movement, Mobility, and Exercise for Strength, Movement and balance.
They have specific performance criteria, that you have to achieve, before they will discharge you.
Then they also offer a Day Patient Program, they have a Patient Transport to collect and return you to your home, if you have no one to drive you.
While you are an In Patient, they take care of your Pain Management, so that you can do the necessary exercises, then once you are discharged and a Day Patient, your Family Doctor looks after your Pain Management.
I mentioned earlier not to be a Hero, as you will make fast, and sustained progress, under the effects of the Pain Management, whereas without it, the pain and discomfort will naturally inhibit and perhaps prolong your recovery.

For me 12 month on, I am still getting some slight discomfort / pain, and I do not have full movement.
But I do have a Stable Knee, that I can walk without assistance, or aids, I can spend most of the day, standing in front of my Lathe, so I am doing very well.
I would recommend that you see about undertaking a Rehabilitation Program, if one is reasonably available.
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Old 01-10-2018, 06:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Week 3 was yesterday. The operation is the easy part. The therapy is the hard work.

Week 4 is when you will likely be able to drive, maybe. I am not there yet and am told I am a bit ahead of the norm.

Already it is better than the arthritis infested version.
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hope your recovery goes quickly! My SIL had knee replacement last year. Therapy was the worst part, she said. She still walks with a limp but told that is a conditioned reflex of walking on a bad knee for so many years. I'm facing this eventually. Had a friend who had both knees replaced at the same time! He's doing well.
Running???? I agree with my father- I can't see running unless there is someone chasing me.
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:29 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Good luck with your recovery. Work with your therapist, strive to get that new knee to bend to that impossible degree he demands. Walking will happen rather quick, stairs will be the last to master. Keep us posted.

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