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4 weeks today since I had my Total right knee replacement.

Am now hanging out the washing etc. Going to vacuum for the first time today. Back to the specialist in two weeks. Hope I can drive. Have had enough of having to relie on others. Even with the discomfort I am so pleased I have had the op.

Christine NZ

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    Well done Christine. We were told that vacuuming was a no go for a while longer. Then again that's always my hubby's job.! Christmas will be good won't it?


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      Hi Carol,

      Haven't done it yet. Have a few friends from work coming for a pot 

      luck lunch today, so if I can't talk the dog into vacuuming I have no option.

      Yes looking forward to Christmas. Having it at the beach with my daughter and her family.

      Christine NZ



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    Oh well done Christine smile I am 6 weeks and I just got back in the car ( alone) yesterday! Oh the joy of shopping on my own, I use a stick but do walk around the house without any aids but still get pain at night. I totally agree with you about the benefits of this op,were almost free now girl,roll on long walks in the summer of 2015 smile 


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    I agree that it's great not to have to rely on others as I drove my car today to my consultants appointment & he's very pleased with my progress at 6 weeks and doesn't want to see me for a year! When I saw my physio last Saturday he said I needed to reach a better bend (currently 87') and said I needed more sessions so now worried! Doing without sticks but there's no way I can turn the pedals on my static bike all the way round. Should I pay for more physio or just get on with "normal life" and keep trying to exercise by myself? What have any of you folks out there experienced please?
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      Glenda I just got to 87 yesterday after an agonizing session on the 'rack' with the physio. I'm a little over 3 weeks and he said that if I can get to 95 in the next week I'll be OK but that if I don't make it to that he's sure the surgeon will want to put me under and forcibly bend it. I think it would be worth getting more physio. There will be a lot of things you can't do if you are stuck even with just a 90 degree bend. I think it's very hard to do it without help.
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      Three weeks seems a bit early to be threatened with manual manipulation, I had three weeks of hydrotherapy before I started in the gym with the physio. Apparently you need 90' to cope with stairs and sit down, but you're right, a much better bend is needed to do normal activities and so I'll stick with the exercises. The consultant said no one with a TKR can ever run again!?
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      This made me laugh:

      "In general, patients who have undergone total knee replacement should avoid high-impact activities that cause high stress loads on the implant and therefore may increase the risk of early failure.

      Activities to avoid include baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, high-impact aerobics, gymnastics, jogging, power lifting , rock climbing, hang gliding, and parachuting."

      I remember when I mangled my knee skiing I had a plate put in to hold the lower leg together. I asked what I couldn't do and being told "Everything except parachuting..." ! 

      Running is high impact - it was felt to wear the joint faster but I do know of people who run and I found this:

      "Doctors have long recommended that knee replacement patients avoid sports like football, soccer, aerobics, jogging, baseball and basketball because it was thought that high-impact activities might contribute to the early failure of artificial joints, leading to the need for a second surgery. 

      But a study suggests that those long-held assumptions could be wrong.

      The study compared two groups of people with knee implants  – those who ignored advice to take it easy on their new joints (called the sport group) and model patients who followed doctors' orders to avoid high-impact activities (the control group). 

      Researchers found that after more than seven years there were no significant differences in wear or mechanical failure between the two groups.

      ...Perhaps even more surprising is that researchers found that those who took part in the non-recommended sports actually showed higher knee and function scores than the control group.

      The control group had a higher rate of loosening, wear, fracture and overall mechanical implant failure than the sport group at 11 percent compared to 8.5 percent in the sport group.

      Adjusting for a variety of lifestyle factors, doctors say the sport group had a 10 percent increased risk of mechanical failure, but they don’t consider that to be statistically significant.

      “The big news is that everybody before was thinking that doing high-activity sports would be terrible for the prosthetic of the patient and what we discovered was it was not terrible and indeed the patients that did high-level activity sports were doing better than others,” Dr. Parratte says."

      I've learnt so much from this group - thank you!

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      I got curious about the running and googled it. From what I can see they don't recommend running on a regular basis because the jolting will wear out the implant faster, but some people do it anyway.

      My physio wanted me at 90 degree bend after 2 weeks but I could only get 75. Now I've made it to 87 at 3 weeks, so I guess there's hope of getting to 95 at 4 weeks, but only with a great deal of agony and doubling up on pain pills before I exercise.

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      Hi High impact sports are not advised but cycling, walking, gym is OK.

       I couldnt do SLR for 10 days then no problem Same with bends Just take it easy and exercise the muscles even if your leg isnt doing what its told to do

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    We'll done Christine that's great and encouraging news . I'm 2weeks behind you. 

    Sshhhhh about the vacuuming I've told them vacuuming is off the cards for about 5-6 years.thats my story and I'm sticking to it . Lol


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      On another forum someone posted this. There it came with cartoons but I don't think they'd be appropriate here!

      "Is dusting important?

      Remember...a layer of dust protects the Wood beneath it. 

      'A house becomes a home when you can write 

      'I love you' on the furniture ' 

      I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend 

      making sure things were just perfect - 'in case someone came over' 

      Finally I realized one day that no-one came over; 

      they were all out living life and having fun! 

      NOW, when people visit, I don't have to explain 

      the 'condition' of my home 

      They are more interested in hearing about the things 

      I've been doing while I was away living life and having fun. 

      If you haven't figured this out yet, 

      please heed this advice. 

      Life is short. Enjoy it! 

      Dust if you must ......... 

      but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, 

      bake cookies or a cake and lick the spoon or plant a seed, 

      ponder the difference between want and need? 

      Dust if you must, but there's not much time . . . . 

      with wine to drink,cards to play, rivers to swim 

      and mountains to climb, music to hear 

      and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead. 

      Dust if you must, 

      but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes, 

      the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. 

      This day will not come around, again. 

      Dust if you must, but bear in mind,old age will come and it's not kind. . . 

      And when you go - and go you must - 

      you, yourself will make more dust! 

      Share this with all the wonderful women in your life. 

      I JUST DID. It's not what you gather, 

      but what you scatter 

      that tells what kind of life you have lived. 

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