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It's been a while since I posted on here. I used to be a regular when I 1st had my operation and so appreciated all the support the "knee members" on this forum gave me. I thought I would update you as it's now a full year since mine and hope I will give any newbies inspiration.
The 1st few weeks post op was the worst, the pain both physical and emotional was houredous. I never believed I would walk or even sleep again, but I did. The advice I can give is not to be too hard on yourself, it's a major operation on the biggest joint in your whole body so don't expect miracles. Listen to your physio and push yourself to achieve your goals each day, if your feeling pain during /after excercise means your doing it right, plan your medication after your excercise and ice straight after. Complete 30 min walks twice a day building them up to an hour. The fresh air and seeing the outside world is great for you mentally. Give yourself goals to build too. I was lucky as I had a few family things going on so I would set a goal to be able to...."walk without my stick for the christening " "be able to drive to the cottage beak" etc etc etc. I was put under pressure by my manager to return to work but I listened to my body and thought about how my role in work would effect my knee so stayed of for 5 months with the support of my GP. I am now back full time! I still do my stretches and excercise and do walk a lot, I have just been discharged from the hospital after seeing my surgeon he explained I have a high flex prosthesis which has enabled be to get a brilliant bend, as an example I can bend my knee backwards and touch my buttocks with my heal. The Anniversary x rays showed no movement or misplaced areas in the joint. I informed my surgeon that I do hear a click when I walk, his answer was its a plastic spacer against a metal joint the depth of the spacer determines your bend so he obviously he got my spacer right. He also told me I have played a major part by doing all my excersices and building up my muscle power. The feeling I had when I was discharged was fantastic. Yes I have to continue stretching and keeping it moving but can live with that after all its my body so I will respect it. I have just returned from a hen party away with a bunch of energetic 30 year old and kept up with all the walking and dancing. . There is a light at what seems a very long tunnel so try and stay positive and you will all be fine.. I'm so very grateful to my surgeon and to a fantastic NHS who come under so much criticism , without each and everyone who supported me through the worst pain of my life I wouldn't be as positive as I am feeling now.
Best wishes to you all and stay positive and focused. X
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