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Had my TKR on my right knee on Friday. They let me go home yesterday (Sunday)!
My left knee TKR was in June.
This experience was MUCH EASIER than my first one. For starters the nerve block was very effective for controlling my top of the knee pain, BUT this time I didn't have the knee buckling or the numbness long after the block was removed. I also am much more flexible, have been able to lift my leg a bit, and also had no nausea or trouble with my appetite.
I think that the physical therapy that I did with my left knee also benefitted my right (surgical) knee because my therapist had me do stretches with it and strengthening exercises, too.
No doubt my first experience taught me a lot, so I went into #2 a LOT more aware and much more prepared.
For any of you who have had one knee replaced and are wondering if you should get the other one done, I can say from MY experience that it was very much worth it! Both of my knees were bad, so I knew that they wouldn't get better on their own. My right knee was getting worse with pain being a part of each and every day.
If you see your X-RAYS and your doctor says both knees are BAD, don't hesitate to go for the second replacement. Just three days post op my SURGICAL KNEE is stronger, steadier, and a lot less painful than it has been for at least four years.
Recovery is't always fun, but at least I know that I have two sturdy knees now and will be able to play with our new GRANDDAUGHTER who will be three weeks old soon, and I will be able to enjoy our youngest son's wedding next September without having to constantly find a chair to rest my knees!
So glad I chose to have my second knee replaced!
Wishing that everyone out there experiences less pain, less swelling, and has good outcomes with knees following treatments or surgery!
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