One week post TKR(2nd TKR)

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First week past still a lot of swelling as expected,knee bend is poor again as expected,walking around the house without the stick,dont actually feel the stick is doing anything for me around the house,always using it outside when i walk to the top of our street 5min there 5 back 3 times a day,The knee feels pressurised still with the swelling the inside of the knee, hamstring and ankle are pretty black and blue but this time the sides of the knee are not red hot like last time, warm but that's all. Pain is there but i only came out of hospital with blood thinning tablets and the pain is under control with just paracetamol a couple of times a day.I'm using voltarol on my knee as well,good stuff that (but not cheap) Got phenergan of my GP to aid my sleep (as last time) one box only to get past this first and worst period.Physio gave me some exercises to do for the first couple of weeks (start proper physio when i get the staples removed end of next week) the one where you put a rolled up towel under your knee and raise you foot a couple of inches,omg far to painful and i mean painful so that one's a no no for now, but managing the others to some degree,luckily i can cryo cuff ice compression my knee (often)that's a big help.All in all ok up to now patience and not going stir crazy in the house and not piling the weight on as well is tough, see how it goes,will report in again week 2

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    Hi Brent i am 4 days post-2nd TKR (contacted you a couple of weeks ago). I have a lot of swelling & bruising, as last time and bend is pretty non-existent until swelling goes down. I am hoping things will be better this time although sleeping is rough, i have oramorph to get me through the nights! it sounds as though you are doing a little better than me! I'll keep in contact to see how you're progressing.

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    Looks you've got things in hand 🤗🤗🤗 I found I coped better with the second one better I'm now doing great good luck you will do just fine 💞💞💞💞💞

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    It sounds like you are right on track with pain and swelling. Walking without a walker or cane at this point is really not a good idea, as you are putting yourself at risk of developing a limp. I am surprised that your physio is on board with that. I am 2 weeks post op with my 2nd TKR, and doing well at this point. i had great success with and strongly recommend using lymphatic massage to assist with reducing the swelling, which of course helps improve the flexion and extension. This is something anyone can do themselves and it really helps. Google it or if anyone would like a good link I can post one. We went to the zoo yesterday and I ended up walking a mile (with my walker, of course). With ice, elevation and the lymphatic massage my swelling is minimal already, Give it a try, it is great for the circulation.

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      Hi Dee, don't get me wrong Dee i'm using the stick to get up and down stairs and outside,but the groundfloor i find ok its only a little distance so i'm fine with that. I Find i'm more likely to stumble with the stick round the house.

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    Hi Brent I am waiting to have tk r no idea when I will get it .but was told at my last appointment that at 63 my age was against me as i am too young .Can I ask what age you and others too ,if they are reading , were when you had your first tkr.

    I watched it being done live on tv a few weeks ago and the patient was 48 !!

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      Hi Heather,i was 58 and 59 for the second, GP and Surgeon never raised any age concerns with me, but i'm lead to believe it a case of will they need to replace the replacement at some stage if your 'young'.

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