18+ weeks post TKR, surgeons letter has floored me!

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Yesterday I received my copy of the letter the consultant surgeon has sent to my GP, re last Wednesdays return. I have fluid which he may "aspirate" depending on the ultrasound due within the next 10 days, I have wasting of the quadriceps muscle (due to large haematoma), I limp, the "alignment of the knee is satisfactory" - huh! I want it to be perfect - not satisfactory(!), but the worrying part of the long letter is that, & I quote -  "I have explained the recovery period varies, & in some people the discomfort & pain may even take 12-18 months to fully settle". Oh Lordy - I cannot stand this for THAT long! Does anyone on here have problems for as long as that?

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    Complete recovery can take up to two years, but you won't necessarily be in pain.  In my case, the knee just still feels 'alien'!.

    Lynn 9 months post op

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    I'm over 7 months post op and still suffer from a lot of stiffness. Not bad pain - I don't take any painkillers now. In a way, I hope they're right when they say it can take 1 to 2 years for things to get right. At least there's still hope of things improving and I'll not be like this for ever! So, take heart, you won't be like you are now all the time, hopefully, things will gradually get better. I've learned it's a slow process though 😊 Jen 
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      Aaww, Lynn, I certainly wish you luck! At least you know what to expect I suppose. The fact that the second one needs doing must have had an effect on your first one so, hopefully, once you've had the other one done you'll go from strength to strength. I'm lucky that my other knee isn't too bad but I do suffer with my hip on the other side, hoping to hold out for a while though. 

      I'll be thinking of you next Wednesday. Keep us posted on your progress. Love Jen xx

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      Thanks.  The thought of going through it again most definitely held me back. Several times my husband heard 'I wish I'd never had it done and there's no way I can go through this again!'.

      Time is a great healer though and, hopefully, I won't be such an emotional wreck this time.

      Will keep you posted.

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      Good luck on number two! You are a very brave lady at 11 days post TKR im not sure if I could go through this pain again. But I'm hoping it is like having a baby!, you soon forget the pain you go through LOL x
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      No choice, I'm afraid.  Another bone on bone knee.  Nobody would have this operation given a choice!  However, I can see the vast improvement in knee number one and am totally fed up with hobbling around.  Want to get back to a full life again, especially playing with my beautiful grandsons.

      Lynn 9 months post op

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      The way I see it is why only get 50% of the job done?  I found it to be a very traumatic experience and hope I won't be an emotional wreck this time.  However, nine months down the line, I know it was all worth it.

       

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      Hi Jen - we must be sisters, separated at birth 😀 because we think so much alike! I too am just past 7 months and I also hope that it does take at least a year to feel fully "normal", otherwise I'd worry the operation was for nothing and that my knee will always feel this way!

      Going on 8 months soon, and I still have numbness around knee cap, stiffness and yes, still pain around the surgical area at times.

      My hip is also bothering me ( the same side as TKR though) so I can't help but wonder how much of that is adding to my leg & knee problems!

      That said however, I was expecting to feel totally normal by this stage, so it's frustrating when you feel you are having set backs. Yesterday for example I was feeling tingling in the knee and very stiff, almost back to the earlier days.

      Thankfully no pain as then, so I guess we just have to be patient and hope indeed it takes at least a year to feel normal.

      How was the Canary Islands and how did you do????

      Betty

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      Oh my gosh Lynn, is Wednesday your "big day" already?? It seemed like such a long way off when you first announced the date, now here it is looming before you!

      Well at least one good thing about how time goes so quickly, you will be looking back on it before you know it!

      Like Jen says, at least you know what to expect now ( that's half the battle as fear of the unknown is so frightening!) ( does that make sense? You know what I mean 😊

      I will be thinking about you Lynn on Wednesday & sending good thoughts to my friend across the pond 😀

      Will your daughter be with you or did she have to return to NM? I'm sure you had a fun visit - did she meet her newest nephew for the first time?

      Yes, you will be up and about in no time, playing with your adorable grandsons!

      Good luck my friend,

      Betty

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      Got the date wrong earlier.  The operation is Wednesday, 18th March.

      My daughter returned to the US yesterday so feeling VERY sad at the moment.  We had a wonderful week with her and she fell in love with both her nephews (aged 3.5 and 1 year).  We will visit her in September - all being well.  It will give me something to focus on.

      Thanks for all your good wishes.  I will post again when I am feeling up to it.

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      Hi Betty, good to hear from you and , although I don't want to say it, it's reassuring you're still suffering too! I still get very stiff and, like you, sore around the knee. I'm sick of doing exercises but know it makes sense to keep up with them. Sorry to hear you're hip is bothering you. It can't help can it? 

      My cruise went well thanks, though the weather was a bit chilly. I walked quite well but got stiff and getting on and off the buses on the excursions was a bit of a pain but I enjoyed it. Had good company and ate and drunk too much 😊 I'm back looking after my grandchildren 2/3 days a week and also trying to fit in a rehab class at the hospital once or twice a week so I'm kept busy.

      Yes, I hope we will continue to improve. We mustn't let it get us down 😊

      Please keep in touch, Jen xx

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