First knee replacement

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Am I on the right group for knee replacement questions?  I've got my first knee replacement booked for 1st March and have a list of questions tht don't seem to be covered anywhere else on the net.

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    Ask away!
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      Thank you:-))))  Are you allowed to at least use the bathroom to wash the next morning after the op?  The hospital where I'm going said it tends to be a bit cold so to wear a vest under a nightdress.  Since I'm always cold I thought I'd wear a long sleeved t shirt under my long sleeved nightdress but will this make it difficult to take blood pressure?  Do they take blood pressure once you're in your own nightdress?

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      I certainly didn't . . I would have been scared of sitting down on a stool and having to get back up in a wet and slippery sort of place.  OK, I couldn't really wash between my toes, but I preferred the safety of  just standing there and letting water run over me. . . We do have a walk in shower which was a luxury compared with people who have to cope with a bath tub!

       

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      Would not use to sit. If it has a tall handle on it, you may want to use it for stability in shower. I kept my walker right outside shower, and husband right outside door until I felt confident enough.
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      Not really . . It was hard to wash legs for instance . . . and I did put a good non slip mat on the floor just in case . . With so much sitting around and exercising you do feel you need a shower every day, and I had very good waterproof covering for the scar until it was looking good . . .Just be careful on the first few days, because if you re taking strong painkillers you can get dizzy. On my first day at home I suddenly found myself on the floor,  having miraculously missed the side of the washbasin and the drawer unit next to it, and my head just slotted nicely where the towels hang,  and the flexible rails  broke, softening the fall!  wow, was it difficult to get back up!!!  I'm not exactly a lightweight . . . . but it could have been a lot worse!

       

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      Oh boy, that sounds worrying!  I'm glad you were OK.  I will make sure husband is around though, just in case I feel weak or dizzy.  But I am looking forward to being able to shower.  The one person in the team who said I could shower when I got home told me to wrap the knee and dressing in clingfilm. 

      I saw the cryo/cuffs mentioned on this group and found them cheaper on the big online place but I'm thinking you daren't order them until after the op because you don't know how much the leg will swell, so what size to get?

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      I didn't have one . . .Actually, I was alsway so cold I didn't do a lot of icing. . perhaps a mistake. . . and somehow it didn't dawn on me that I was always so cold because of the blood thinning injections!  the thought of ice on top of that just made me shiver!!!  And we live in Tenerife!

       

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      Lucky you, living there:-)))  I'm always cold anyway so the thought of being colder doesn't sound good to me either.  Having said that, apparently my blood thinners are tablets, not injections.  I've had the injections before though and they didn't hurt at all, so I wasn't too fussed.

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      Actually, they insisted on showering me every day head to toe . . even when I couldn't walk they wheeled me in to the bathroom and pointed the shower at me  . . . . great fun, as they couldn't get into the shower so just flooded the room every time. 

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      I'd be delighted if they did that:-)))))  It was the lack of being able to shower that was my biggest worry.  I'm still a bit unsure if I can shower in the hospital or not.  One person said 'yes, they've got showers there' and another said 'you can't shower until stitches come out' and another said 'cover it in clingfilm and shower when you get home', so I'll manage somehow LOL!  But as husband said, I'm only in for three days, so once I'm out then it's up to me:-))))

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      well of course every hospital is different. . .but I couldn't have got away with it even if I had wanted to!  those nurses have escaped from some conentration camp methinks . . 

       

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      The ones I had did hurt. . they really burned as you injected. .  but a couple of weeks later I tried another make (same active ingredient!) and they didn't hurt at all . Just double the price . . .go figure that one!!!!

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      I wonder if it was a finer needle the second time?  The ones we were given to do at home had a very fine needle.  But the ones I got in hospital left bruises where the nurses had pinched the skin so hard.  It's all weird, isn't it:-)

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      No, it was definitely the liquid itself. . the first one really burned about three seconds after injecting. the second ones hardly hurt at all  . . just the little pin prick as they went in. i didn't get any bruises . . . . 

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