It's done...today

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Hi, had my 1st TKR today between 12 and 2pm (now 8.30pm... Been awake all day but only just got my iPad). I'm so buzzed to have finally had it, I was so worried it would get cancelled for some reason.

The op was so cool! I was wide awake and felt absolutely everything, even the opening scalpel cut. Zero pain of course (that wouldn't have been cool) but all touch senses still worked. And could hear senior surgeon instructing his junior so I new everything that was going on. Anyone else experienced that?

My leg aches a little bit, despite the pain meds, but not enough to dampen my spirits so far.

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    Wow, impressive! I asked to be put out. Watched a video of TKR surgery afterward and found it fascinating, but I don't think I am brave enough to be awake/aware when I am the one having my knee done.

    Wishing you a speedy and easy recovery!

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    WHAT??? YOU WERE AWAKE? ??..that's crazy my doc said

    absolutely no way and I wanted to see everything too but I'm just nosy that way. I'm so jelly (jealous ). How could you handle the sawing and pounding I guess deep down I'm happy was out.

    Make sure you start on the heel slides as long as your staples

    hold and start the walk it will really help you. It may be painful

    but that's what meds are for.

    I go in on Friday for my mua to release my left knee.

    Congratulations also you may hate your doc for the next 12 wks at least that's what he told me...

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    Has the physio been yet? A necessary evil
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      Saw her briefly. Got nearly straight and got 90 degrees sitting. Then got up on a walker to do standing exercises and had a vasovagal response which ended my session. Frustrating as the exercises were going fine.
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      2debz13

      Wow you got 90 degrees on your first day. I couldn't get 90% on day 4 when I was discharged. Do you realise how encouraging your flexion is already. Use this as motivation for the weeks ahead. I'm 3 1/2 weeks left PO and Physio last week said I was approx 110% flexion. I'm trying to push my knee a tiny bit more each day but the vice-like band of stiffness and pain when I stretch it just doesn't get any easier. However, I'm more worried about the fact that I can't see a similar improvement in my extension. My knee just doesn't seem to respond. I'm pressing my knee (quads) down whilst pad is under my ankle and counting to ten, and I do this throughout the day. Don't know what more I can do. Good luck to you.

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      Its going well but dont push it and youll be going great guns. Plenty of rest plenty of ice. A tight band is normal because the muscles have been pulled around. Dont go beyond the physios instructions and youll be up & running  (dont try the running as its one thing you cant do) 
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    Thanks all for the encouraging comments. I do realise that I have been enormously lucky. Less than 48 hours after the op I have washed and dressed myself, been up and down stairs and been signed off by the physio. Having read a lot of the stories here I know a lot of you had it a lot harder.

    i definitely think the lack of sedation helped. Not sleeping at all during the day of the op meant I could start a few gentle knee slides straight after the op, before it had started to swell.

    the only thing I hate is getting on and off the bed which is hellishly painful during and  for about 45 minutes after, especially if I have been asleep and it's gotten stiff. The physio assures me that I am not doing any damage though, and it is getting slightly better.

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      Hi Saz

      The muwscle gets stretched when lying down, at least that is what OOhysio told me about the meniscal tear because I notied thhe pain from that increased when lying down. Need to check specifically with ohysio  as to the reason why your knee/leg gets painful for 45 mins etc, etc. It sounds normal but it is interesting to find out the reasons then as you know it is understandable and not scary. Best to find out before you leave hospital as well.

      Take care

      Jean

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      My reply is waiting to be moderated. I do not know why. In the meantime please ask the physio to give as much explanation as possible. It is best to get an explanation before leaving hospital. Jean
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      saz2020

      I also found lifting my leg in and out of bed gruelling, but a simple tip is to use the belt from a robe/dressing gown and hook it under your foot and then lift........it worked great for me. Even a belt would work too

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