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I'm 75 years old and opted for partial knee replacement on 11/26/19. Research says this is better than full if you qualify. Lost cartilage in right knee so I was bone on bone. Obtained walker, urine bottle, toilet seat, cane and stool softeners (due to pain med) prior to operation. All very useful. I waited too long for operation. Doctor took half hour longer than normal to restructure ligaments. Post op pain was horrible! Ten times worst than left shoulder operation in 2018. Was 2 days in hospital. In hospital had 3 nerve blocks, morphine & Oxycodone-Acetaminophen 7.5-325 MG (generic for Percocet) every 4-6 hours.
- Week 2: first 2 weeks are the WORST, lots of pain, regretted doing operation, 3-4 Oxy pills a day, using tons of ice, friend loaned me ice machine that attaches with tube to knee-GREAT machine, unable to sleep more than a few hours a night, can only sleep on back, 45 staples removed this week, first full shower instead of wipes, off walker and using cane, going to physical therapy (PT), If you do operation DO YOUR HOME EXERCISES and WALK, as hard or painful as it seems leg will get better much faster the more you do.
- Week 3: sleeping better, leg starting to feel good, urine bottle gone, off cane at 3 1/2 weeks.
- Week 4: was worried about going pee 3-4 times a night but after tapering down on Oxy tablets able to sleep thru night now, able to do complete leg rotation on exercise bike. I notice improvement every day.
- Week 5: knee feels really good, happy I did operation now, toilet stool gone, doing PT, home exercises, walking at mall.
- Week 6: knee very good, scabs from 5 1/2 inch scar gone, able to drive now, one more week of PT, leg still swollen, they say it could take 6 months for swelling to go away, still a little hard putting on underwear and pants, went thru 80 Oxy pills, 15 left, tapering down from 4 to 3 to 2 to 1 (stool softener a must). Happy with my progress!
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