Are there specific instructions on how to sleep at night

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I had total knee replacement 10 days ago and everyone has told me to always keep my affected leg straight and elevated whenever I'm lying down, so I assumed that meant all night too. I was also told never to put a towel or pillow under my knee as that could form blood clots, so I lie there with a towel or pillow under my ankle or calf with the rest of my leg "dangling" and is very uncomfortable. 

Did I misunderstand? I've also tried lying on my good side with a pillow between my knees, but I'm still scared to death to bend my affected leg for fear it will not heal properly.

I'm so happy to find this forum - you all sound like such great people to share our common concerns with!

PS has anyone slept with a body pillow? Is that allowed?

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    I find it quite scary how advice varies so much.  Was told to never put anything under the operated knee.  Sleeping is a real trial.  Have a V-pillow which helps, but these God-awful stockings and the high temperatures we've been having make sleeping a nightmare.  Am just over 5 weeks post op.
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      Thank you Lynn for answering so quickly. I was not instructed to wear stockings - don't know if that's a good thing or not, but I will try the V- pillow. Is that something I can buy at Bed, Bath & beyond?
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      From your reply, are in you the US?  Bed, Bath & Beyond is a favourite store when we are visiting our daughter who lives in New Mexico.  Yes, I am sure you can buy one there.  Certainly you'll be able to buy one in a large store (Super Target?).  I have had to wear the DVT stockings for six weeks, day and night with half an hour window for a shower.  We've had hot weather in the UK and it has been just awful.  They come off in one week and then I shall burn them!!
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      Hi Lynn, yes I live in Ventura, CA ( 30 miles south of Santa Barbara which is better known smile

      We have Target as well so I'm sure I'll find that V- pillow. I will anxiously await this next week with you so you can get relief of those socks! I had thought about postponing my surgery until winter, at the thought of going through this & exercises in heat & humidity but dr recommend not.

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      Santa Barbara area is a wonderful part of the World!  Did the drive down the Big Sur from San Francisco to San Simeon and Monterey a few years ago whilst visiting California.  But I digress, good luck with your recovery and keep in touch!
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    Hi Betty, I'm a bit of a veteran at this TKR after having 3 in 3 years (2 on the left) as Lynn commented over here in the UK we have to wear the aptly named God awful stockings 4 6 wks, I was actually quite surprised after reading various comments on this forum where people don't have to wear them (lucky things) I have always slept with a long boulster cushion under my operated leg on returning home after surgery, as this is the only way I've been able to get any sleep, I'm afraid it's just trial & error until u find a position that suits u, mind u saying that if ur not wearing the stockings maybe that's not the best advice, I would double check with ur fizio just 2 make sure? I hope u have a speedy recovery & feel the benefits of ur new joint as u go along, stick with ur excercise programme but try not 2 overdo things as this will put u back, good luck 😀
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      Oh Tom, I feel for you! Three surgeries in three years?? I do hope the last surgery will be your final one!! Good luck to YOU and thanks for your "hard earned" advice. It's interesting ( but also scary) how so many people have gotten different instructions from their doctors. 

       

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    Well Betty, strange u should say that as I'm in tomorrow afternoon for a left THR, followed by the right in 3 months if all goes well? Seems my knee pain is all down 2 my hips, it's only taken 3 years 2 work this out? I could be looking at having both knees done again as they are both loose & rattling about all over the place, if my knee pain goes after my hips are done I'm going to have a long hard think about whether or not 2 have any further surgeries on my knees & just put up with the rattling? Guess I'm just a bit unlucky? 😞
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    I am 3.weeks now. I don't see why you cannot bend your knee , that is what you need to do. I was told not to put a pillow under my knee , because this will stop th knee straightening . Putting a rolled towel under your ankle is an exercice I have to do . I find it painful, but it is not be left there all night !!  Do you do the bending your knee exercises while you are sitting ? I did find going over on to my side uncomfortable , but better now. I think maybe you have got confused . The knee must be straightened but also bended . 
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      Yes, I do the knee bending exercises while sitting in a chair. I was under the impression though that I could not bend it while sleeping as it would not heal properly, that it would heal with a bend in it. 

      I feel like I did not get enough information when I was discharged from the hospital. I don't like calling my dr everyday, but with so many different approaches out there, obviously I need to write my questions down and get a straight answer from him.

      thank you Pam for your advice.

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      I'm on a role now Betty, meant 2 say when ur doing ur bend sitting in a chair that if u have carpet or a rug, put a plastic carrier bag under ur foot as this will help a great deal & makes dragging the leg backwards & forwards a whole lot easier, give it a try & c how u get on? Good luck 😉
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