April is the "D" day for my 2 knees

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G'day people, it looks like the time has come and with the doctor's permission I will attempt to do it in one go. I am hoping somebody will be able to answer this question... for the last few years I suffered from stiffness on my lower or better say below my knee including pain on my feet (doctor said is arthritis) and also muscle stiffness above the knees as well.  As my knees got worse so is the stiffness, is this a common experience for people in our condition? would this get better after the surgery? I often wander if my life would improve after I've done this

 

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    Clemto, in my case, post double TKR was for my life style, the better. The value of linear healing just made sense to me.

    Before TKR, my bending range of motion was 90° - 120° and straight was 6° - 10°. Like you, the post operation days were very stiff and painful to bend my knees above and below without meds and stretching. 60 days after surgery, I have “O” stiffness arthritic related pain in my knees but am coping with muscle repair. The range of motion now is better (125° -120° and -4° & -3°wink for both knees. I even lost the bigtoe numbing in my right foot that was diagnosed as neuropathy. However, If I put too much walking or load bearing stress on my knees, the night time pain was unbearable. I suggest you do as doctor and PT tell you, do not try to over do it in the first 6 to 8 weeks and you will be happy you did both knees. Once I slowed the daily walking exercises down, the night time pain has significantly lessened. Good Luck.

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      Thanks George, I will have an appointment on the 14th of this month (March) and although I am kind of afraid for the unknown ( first time surgery) I don't think I could return for the same thing If I was going to replace only one. and like you I am doing it to improve my lifestyle. Would you be able to explain the reasons of my muscle pain on my legs? is this due to changing the way I walk because the pain? Anyway, I need to hope for the best. Best regards Clem

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      Likewise Clemento! As for the muscle pain I recommend you look at following: Check out this guy's posting.   https://patient.info/forums/profiles/chico-marx-949675

      Chico Marx has been there and done it.  He has great advice and reading his post help me get over my depression with Total Knee replacement recovery.   

      I would work with a good physical therapist or trainer to do everything you can to do strengthen the muscles around your knees if you haven't already.   

      You might want to see another doctor.  Not sure where you live but if you have access to a teaching hospital, they are normally more up to date on the latest medical advice and methods.  

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    Update: 24th April is the day but the surgeon convinced me to do the right one as this is the worst one. I was hoping to get rid of the problem in one go but he might be right after all he knows best. Cross my fingers. Cheers Clem

      

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