10 Weeks Post-Op

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I am interested in hearing from those who have passed the 10 week post-op milestone. I am averaging 5,000 steps (used to average 10,000). I am sore/achey most days. I keep waiting to reach the magic moment when I say I'm glad I did the TKR. I know it's irrational, but I worry this is as good as it will get. I'm back to my job as an elementary school principal. My mind keeps going and there's a lot I want to do after work, but I pretty much just crash and burn. I know part of the problem is my other knee - it needs a TKR also. I just can't get in the frame of mind I need to go through this again. I have an appointment with my surgeon in 2 weeks. I believe he will be able to give me a cortisone injection in the unoperated knee. I'm hoping that will get me through the next few months and help me hold off surgery until October.

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    I will be 2 years PO come April. This is one bear of a surgery, where the tendons, muscles, nerves have all been cut, so the surgeon can replace the knee. Ten weeks is a drop in the bucket toward recovery. It will take a good year to get fully back to normal. This is not a marathon or a race but slow and steady to get your knee to what it should be. We all have been surprised at the length of time it takes to recover from this surgery. A lot of time and patience!!! I remember the sore/achey days and wondering if I did the right thing. Days I thought I'd made a mistake in having my knee replaced. The only thing I can't do now is sit with my leg under me, like I always did when I was reading or watching TV. Small price to pay though. I can even kneel, if I do it carefully and with some kind of pad under my knee. We've all been through this and come out the other end OK. The more people that see your post, the more info you will get. So hang in there.

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    Hi Tammy

    Hopefully you are very close, around 14 weeks, then I did not think about my knee.

    I am now 9 months, my knee reminds me if I push it.

    Keep going your bend is better than mine, , but I could not bend it very well before the operation for over 20 years,

    Good healing

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    Hi Tammy

    I am at almost 4 months now & so glad I did this. I was in constant pain & could neither straighten or bend my leg very much. I now straighten but the bend isn't wonderful but I can walk, go up & down stairs, without pain!

    I see the surgeon in June & hope to go back on the waiting list to have TKR on my left knee. I will be doing that! I said never again. In November but things change!

    I'm looking forward to some lovely walks in the woods when BOTH knees are up to it.

    All the best

    Marilyn

    XX

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    Hi Tammy

    Had my TKR 11 weeks ago and it's a very slow recovery period, currently I am doing gym work 4 times a week which includes 3 x 10 mins cycling and 3 times leg press machine approx 3 mins on each forward and backward movements I set all at minimum resistance when cycling absolutely fine but I have some discomfort on the press machine on finishing at home I place an ice pack on the knee I have been doing this routine for 4 weeks I have definitely noticed an improvement in the joint both in strength and movement but I still suffer periods of stiffness no pain no gain good luck and a speedy recovery

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    10 weeks is still early in a recovery that usually lasts between 6 and 12 months.  This is definitely NOT as good as it will ever get...you have a long way to go.  By now, your PT should have gotten your ROM to 0 / +120 or pretty close.  All that scar tissue broken down.  Now you have to hit the gym and rebuild your quads, glutes and core to take the strain off the knee.  That takes a lot of time and work.

    I need another knee done too but I'm putting that off for at least a year...gotta get past this one first (11 months now).  Forget the cortisone...too temporary.  Ask for Synvisc.  The 3-shot treatment can last up to a year.  I had it done lots of times in the past.  Worked great for me.  And ask for an RX for Voltaren Gel...great topical anti-inflammatory.

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      Sorry to hear that.  Synvisc worked like a charm for me...every 11 months for years.  Great relief.  Then I moved from the cold of New Jersey to the warmth of Texas and needed nothing for over 6 years.  But...sooner or later it does catch up to you.  TKR was the only option.  Still recovering but glad I had it done.  Now I have to survive just one more...
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