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Hi all - I promised myself that I'd do this and kept forgetting, so here goes.
I had a TKR in May 2017. It was a rough recovery, and after about 10 weeks, I had an MUA. After that, things moved along quickly in the right direction. A few months later I traveled to Peru (a trip I canceled the year before to have the surgery) and did a lot of hiking. For some reason, this past summer I had a temporary setback for no apparent reason, which really freaked me out but it only lasted a week. I have incredible flexion and no pain and am so happy. This site has been very helpful to me, but those of you going through the worst of it, keep in mind that most people that are doing well (myself included) no longer visit. That's why I promised myself that when I was better, I would.
My best advice:
- You've heard it before, but don't compare yourself to anyone else. There is such a wide range of recovery times with this surgery.
- Take your pain meds and do the PT exercises right away. That was a big part of my issue. I have a very high tolerance to opioids (& all meds) and although my doc was great and tried different ones, nothing really helped with the pain and I developed scar tissue.
So, keep your collective chins up and do whatever you have to, including letting friends and family help. Best of luck to everyone.
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