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I am 42 years old and I had TKR on 9/14/16. The level of pain I was in following the days of my surgery was indescribable. Sleep was out of the question, getting in and out the bed was a task in itself. I was in constant pain, the exercises were painful and I felt as if I would never make any progress. The first time I was able to get out the bed without someone guiding my foot, I was excited. One of the worst things I had to deal with was the constipation. I actually had to go back to the hospital to remove blockage, my advice is to start taking laxatives right away, the stool softners are not strong enough for all of the narcotics in your system. I started home therapy right away and felt at times that yhe therapist was pushing me to fast. I was in a lot of pain and just couldn't bend my leg like they thought I should. I am now 4 weeks post surgery, the pain has gotten much better, I take fewer pain pills if any throughout the day, I keep my leg iced and elevated as much as I can. I am in my 3rd week of outpatient therapy and making progress on my bend. They want you to COMFORTABLY bend at about 110° I am currently at 95° on a good day. This surgery is BRUTAL but do your exercises, push through the pain, take your meds and eventually things will get better....Marsha
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