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I am 6 months post-op TKR right knee. Between insurance politics/delays & the hurricane hitting 2 weeks post op, my recovery was delayed slightly as I only got a couple of PT sessions within the first 3 weeks. Unfortunately, 6 weeks post-op I fell in a parking lot and my knee reopened nearly top to bottom, resulting in emergency surgery and almost a week long hospitalization. I was lucky (so they say) in that my hardware was not damaged, but it essentially started the recovery process over as my leg was immobilized for nearly 2 weeks due to the risk of the incision reopening yet again. I was released from PT before Christmas and only made it that long after repeated appeals to insurance. My release notes stated that I was "functional" and therefore no longer needed therapy, even though I could still not walk more than 20 yds or so without my knee giving way due to instability (still a fall risk), and my balance as a whole was poor (additionally, my quad was only partially engaging still due to the long term damage that had weakened it to the point it quit working). Since ending PT, I have joined a gym and visit 3-4 times a week, doing many of the same exercises I was doing in PT to try to build strength and balance around the knee, and riding the stationary bike a lot. I am still having lots of daily pain, some of which is excruciating, the tightness builds quickly, and nerve pain around my incision is starting to increase again (I ceased all pain meds with the help of my pain mgmt doctor in December). I have a great deal of discomfort around my kneecap especially, as well as the inner left side of my knee where the drain tubes were in following my emergency surgery. My incision also dries out to the point the skin feels like it is cracking, and I can't seem to use enough Vit E cream. Dr told me 6 months to a year due to the setback from my fall, but I did not expect the pain to still be this bad at this point, and I cannot bend it nearly as much as I was able to do in PT (I made it to 125 degrees in therapy; I would bet I am about 110-115 now). I hate to complain, but it is affecting my quality of life and not sure if my expectations are too high or not. I keep hearing my case is unique...I wish I had someone to relate to. The pain is affecting me in so many ways, and I miss being happy. Pre-surgery, my knee hurt, but nothing like this.
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