1 Year Post TKR

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Can it be, one year since beginning my TKR adventure. Thanks to a gifted surgeon and encouraging/kind forum comments from fellow TKR grads, I have attained a successful outcome. Fully able to enjoy all physical activities, with the exception of those that require running, jumping, or quick lateral movements. Stair climbing especially multiple flights are still challenging but doable. Kneeling will always feel strange, but that's OK. Routines followed which aided in my recovery were: proper nutrition and body weight; daily exercise (especially the days, you want to avoid it); sufficient rest/sleep, and, a can do attitude. Never, ever quit. Best wishes and the Lord's blessing to my fellow TRK classmates on your journey to good health and pain free living. 

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    Great news that you got there , and have many pain free knee years ahead . I'm coming up to 20 years since my left knee , & 18 for the right . Had to do lots of exercise at first , but it is worth the effort . Nobody knows I have had knee problems unless I tell them . My TKR's are two of the best things I ever did . I have had no problems with mine , and at my last check up and x-ray I was told they were good for many years . 

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      My last check up was about 3 years ago , had check up every year and  x-ray every 2 years . Was told didn't need anymore check-ups unless there was a problem . I am in the UK , in a village in Saddleworth , a very beautiful but hilly part of the country .  

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    Hello RangerJack,

    I am still waiting on the day that there is no pain and no swelling. I am happy for you. I had my surgery the end of February and I still have the swelling and sometimes pain; however I know the day is coming when everything is great. Congratulations.

     

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    WOOHOO!!!!!!!  LOVE IT!!!!!!  When we tell people it takes a full year to feel like you just described they either don't believe it or get depressed.  You are sooooooo right about never, ever quitting.  Once you get to a year, everything looks so very different.  

    Yes, stairs will be an issue for a while longer..so will kneeling..and "clunking"..  Gotta work on those quads, glutes and core.  None of this happens on its own...you have to OWN your recovery if you want these results.

    BIG congrats!!!!

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      TKR Godfather,

      Thanks for the kind thoughts. You are 100% correct, the recovery speed during months 10 thru 12 is miraculous. Minor knee discomfort and tightness disappear along with strength and flexibility. Another activity I highly recommend is yoga which helps recover flexibility and mobility. A side benefit of zero knee pain for me was lower blood pressure (BP), which resulted in eliminating BP meds.  At 68yo, feel like a young man of 60. All the best to you on your continued recovery.

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      Most excellent result, my friend.  I'll be 70 in February, still work full time for AT&T as an IT Process Architect, and play bass in my blues/rock band.  I'm gonna die on stage or at my keyboard.

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    Congratulations and thank you for posting! Always good to have reminders that things continue to improve! Good advice!

    A new lease of life!

    Yes, praise the Lord, indeed!

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    HI ranger jack

    ?Yes I too have had my tkr for 14months now. I can do things now, not everything that I wanted though -,like I still find it difficult to kneel,and I certainly cannot lean back onto my lower legs  from kneeling.I can ride my bike okay,

    ?but cannot bend my knee fully by any means- I keep trying though still.

    ?I don't have pain much now but if I walk too far or overdo it I find it swells and aches. I wish I could have got back to normal scope, but whether it will happen, I don't know. I am grateful of the fact that I would have otherwise been in a wheelchair now.

    ?Hope this is helpful

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    That’s awesome! I’m almost 11months. While I am able to walk farther, dance, and get around better...I still have some pain in the sides of my knees, and sometimes behind. Occasionally, I feel like something is sticking under my kneecap. Other than that though....I can handle it! It’s nothing compared to before! And sometimes, there’s no pain at all!! Congratulations on your recovery, and I hope that is still to come for me!!
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    13 months for me buddy its nice to hear things are progressing well everything you posted is around the same level i am at but its a joy to be pain free i hope all goes well in the future

    Good luck

    Johnny.

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