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Hi, Just thought I would share some information regarding my recent total knee replacement, done 0n 9/12/2014.
I am a 58 year old male, residing in South Australia. I came here with my parents from the UK when I was 12 (never been back). They were from Ipswich in Suffolk.
I broke my left leg here, back in 1972 in a motorcycle accident and have tended to throw my weight to the right side ever since and wore out the right knee. No cartlidge left, bone on bone and VERY painful. I also had a triple bypass done in 2011 due to some bad genes (have 2 cousins in UK that had to have same op at same age!)
Anyway I am recovering pretty well so far. Spent 1 night in intensive care and 3 more days in hospital and home on day four. I live with my wife and 23 year old daughter. Compared to open heart surgery, this has been a breeze so far.
I still have the waterproof dressing on and have attended my first physio class. 1 hour in a small gym and 1 hour in a pool. Just starting to be able to sleep again at night, after 2 weeks of very restless nights. I only take 2 x Panadol Forte' at night, and can get through the day without needing pain killers. I can bend the knee past 90 degrees, but it often takes a few minutes of 'warming up'. I can walk a fair distance with one stick, but can generally move around the house without one. I have lost about 5Kg and feel pretty well overall, although I was a bit constipated for the first few days at home. I used Metamucil and ate plenty of fresh fruit and natural yogurt which helped.
I am generally a pretty optimistic person, and I am sure the mental aspect is important in any sugical recovery. I picture myself back at work (due to start on 19/01/2015) and enjoying life with ny now my pain free knee.
Aside from some residual soreness, it actually is a joy to walk on, compared to pre-op where I hobbled everywhere in agony and lived on Panadol Osteo.
Anyway I hope some of this information is helpful and please feel free to email me with any questions.
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