Sleeping on Side?

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4 months post op Left TKR.

I know people say don't sleep on the TKR side but I was wondering if this still held after 4 months?

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    i can sleep on my TKR side but i cant seem to roll over in my sleep. I wake up when its time to roll over and i have to do it very carefully or else i get a sharp pain in the knee. Im almost 4 months. It is easier if i bend my knees and roll over slowly supporting tge TKR knee with my other knee. Amazing the tricks im learning.

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    Hello, I am 16 weeks now and sleep on my tkr side, but my operated knee feels strange, a bit like the top is coming off. Let me know how you get on. Are you in England, if you are, I would be interested in the things you have been doing, best wishes Susane

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      Hi Susane,

      Thanks!

      Yes I am in England. This is my second TKR, right leg done about 2 years ago. Now left leg.

      Tried it last night and it felt OK so fingers crossed!

      I am getting a lot of stiffness with mine and still some pain but not so much swelling now. Faithfully do the exercises daily which my physio gave me. I find the shopping mall a trial at times and not sure I should feel like this with just ordinary walking?

      Also do the exercise bike for 15 minutes a day and the treadmill for 15 minutes.

      Sometimes it feels as if my day is one big exercise routine!

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    it maytake a bit to adjust...but try it. I am close to 4 months out and I've been sleeping on the surgical side for several weeks.

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    nobody told me i shouldnt sleep on my TKR side, so i just did from the beginning ! iwas fine & i slept, which is so important to the healing process. As someone else said, if it doesnt hurt, go for it !

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    I wasn't able to sleep on my surgical side initially. I tried putting pillows between my legs but it was all uncomfortable. It took quite some time ... but eventually all was back to normal.

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    Hi, I had my TKR on my left knee four years ago. I slept on my back for the first few nights and wasn't getting any sleep. I tried sleeping on my left side and had no problems. No one told me not to. Though because my left leg wouldn't bend like normal, it stuck out more than usual. My right leg bent as normal and I was able to get some badly needed sleep, even though I did a lot of napping during the day also. This is a bear of a surgery and your body will tell you you need all the rest you can get to heal. Good luck with your recovery!!! We all made it through even if we didn't think at times that we would.

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