Posted , 15 users are following.
My name is Jan and I am having my left knee replaced next month, total joint replacement. I will also have the right one done but probably not until next year.
Can anyone share any adivce? Tips? Things you thought of after your operation that you wished you had thought of before the op? Things to do in advance - or any shock surprises things you did not expect afterwards? Good and bad?
How active are you in the first week or two? Is it OK to rest with your leg up, and then do your exercises in between, or are you expected to be up moving all the time? And how did you manage to sleep at night? I read you are not meant to put a pillow under your knee. How were you able to sleep comfortably?
Really, anything you can share would be helpful - even including the pain, good or bad - it just would help put my mind at ease a bit if i could know what to expect from those who have been through it. It is probably not as bad as my imagination is.
I am very nervous. I broke both my knees when I was 19 (in 1979) and have had 9 or 10 surgeries since then - 4 or 5 just to fix them, and then more ti keep them ticking over and those ones were keyhole surgery which was a doddle - but I am remembering the pain I felt when the did the original ligament repairs and what not - the 4 or 5, they were very painful surgeries/recoveries - and I am very anxious remembering it - so anything to put my mind at ease is a good thing - even if it means knowing the cold hard truth!!
So please - share away if you would - I would be so grateful.
I should add I have become extremely sedentary - so have put weight on - and I know that will impede my recovery.
0 likes, 53 replies