6 week (and 3 days!) follow up....

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So my post op follow up was today, everything is coming along hunky dory, except for being slightly less than hoped for with straightening. The Dr had a look at the other one, and yep, definitely severe Osteoarthritis. No shock there, it's the size of a grapefruit and hurts like a b!tch! However he wants at least 6 months healing on the first one before any intervention, so I'm booked in to see him again in July, and we'll start the process all over again......

At least I will know what to expect, and have plenty of preparation time......it's frustrating now though as its the pain from the unoperated knee that's restricting me more than the prosthetic one....

Hey ho, onward and upward, hope all are well xx

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    I'm dreading that happening to e too . . the good knee is complaining on coming up stairs, and I know that's the first sign. that's how it started with the operated one!  Glad things are going OK for you. the straightening is an absolute pain, isn't it.    I rest mine on the coffee table with a two pound bag of flour on top for as long as I can stand it, and I think it's gradually making a difference, the emphasis being on 'gradually!'
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    You've made great progress. 6 weeks is certainly a proper time to judge your development and yet gives you a lot of time for continued work and progress. Sorry to hear you are going to have to go through this again. Good thing about it, you know there is relief down the road.
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    You've made great progress. 6 weeks is certainly a proper time to judge your development and yet gives you a lot of time for continued work and progress. Sorry to hear you are going to have to go through this again. Good thing about it, you know there is relief down the road.
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    I have got arthritis in my good knee as well so will have to go through it again at some point I am 3 weeks post op 
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    Good attitude.  I was a few degrees off straight when I was @ 9 wks and now at 11 weeks, since I've been riding my bike and walking a lot more, I've been able to do some real slow stretches and at my last check out they said it was fine and released me for a year.  Make sure you are doing one leg at a time and really relax and make it a point to stretch slow. Bend the leg you are not stretching and make sure it is in a comfortable position so you are concentrating on the leg you want to stretch.  Also make sure you stretch both legs as they do 01i9

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    That was my cat "helping" .   "....both legs as they do interplay.  And keep in mind that one side will be easier to stretch out  (for now it is going to be the one NOT operated on!)

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    So fed up 11 weeks not making much noticeable progress - any ideas? 
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      At your stage the progress comes in very small increments but it does continue. Stay with the excercise and don't be afraid to use pain meds before you start. Stay hydrated and get as much rest as possible. It may improve a couple of degrees a week but you'll continue to improve. If you've really been pushing hard, try backing off just a little. Do some each day then start pushing a little harder. Stay with this group and you'll find much encouragement and some great ideas
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      Don't be surprised if that tight band doesn't reoccur periodically. First thing that will come to mind is that you're going backward but its just the body doing its thing during the healing process. There is a lot of soft tissue and nerve damage with nerves being the slowest to heal and the system. Is rerouting blood flow and sensory wiring so all you can do is wait for a lot of slow moving developments. I often refer to hydration and the importance of drinking lots of plain water. Dehydration , even small levels can slow down the entire process. With my wife's Parkinson's disease I can just watch her for 5 minutes and tell when she hasn't been drinking enough. She slows down even more, the thought processes become more difficult, the skin takes on a different texture and color. Her speech is also affected. In one way or another we all show I'll effects of dehydration and pain meds just intensify the negatives.
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    Hope you can keep hold of your positive attitude to get you through, its a rotten thing you have to deal with, although from your previous posts you obviously knew it was coming, best wishes to you 
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    Sounds like your doctor knows what he is talking about. Take his advice.

    Bet you can't wait to have the other knee operated on and be running around again.

    I had TKR on one knee 3 years ago and it is like having my life back.

    Good luck with all this and keep in touch.

    Love Sarah xx

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    My other knee has been grumbling for the past couple of years and sometimes was more painful that the knee I have just had replaced. A few weeks ago I would not have considered having it done but now I have got over the shock of this one I think I will be OK.
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