TKR soon

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Looking for any tips and advice, I am on the waiting list for a TKR, my Consulant was not keen as I am only 60 and according to the X-ray don't quite have bone on bone, but following an MRI scan this option was then on the table.

Having had knee problems since I tore the cartilage almost 15 years ago, my knee has caused me a lot of pain from time to time, in the last few years that has become much more frequent, pain, stiffness and now no longer straightens correctly, I can no longer enjoy swimming or going to the gym as these activities cause a great deal of after pain, so I feel ready now to have something done about my knee, I have read lots of threads on here about what to expect, and I'm under no illusions that it's going to be tough, so any advice or tips from all you very friendly helpful people on this forum, would be very much appreciated, I'm quite an active person, I drive a manual car, it's my right knee.

Thank you in advance for reading my thread..

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    Go for it! If you don't you will just be treating the symptoms. I had both done 4 weeks ago. Not wady at first but it gets better if you follw the rules. Your knees will affect your back, hips and everything else. I got so bow legged from compensating for the knee pain. My legs are straight again! I can't wait to wear shorts this summer! Oh, I am going to be 60 this summer also. Your body tells you if its time.

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    Get it done.  I'm only 57. - nobody know what lies ahead - feel better and  enjoy life without the pain of a worn knee.  It is a big op and there is a lot of work to do afterwards but I am now nine weeks post op and every week is an improvement.  Good luck. 

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    I'm an active 70 year old and had cartilages removed in my 20s. Over the Years I have kept fit but always had painful knees. Saw a knee specialist at age of 60 and he advised to go as long as I could as owing to my activities skiing, cycling I would wear tkr out in 5yrs.

    had my 1st tkr 5 days ago, I left hospital after 3 days and walked out with no sticks or crutches. Apart from swelling and bruising from top to bottom of my leg the pain is acceptable and sleep well at night. I have not taken any pain killers since being discharged from hospital. Will be booking my left knee replacement as soon as possible.

    All I can say anybody worried about having a tkr pre-exercising is as important as post-exercising as you need to build your muscles up before the operation. 

    For me the worst part of this procedure is suffering the 'constipation' caused by anaesthetic and pain killers.

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      It is VERY good to hear that there are stories like yours, and that not everybody suffers weeks and months of pain!   You are unusual in terms of the people on here, but who knows. . you may actually be more usual that we lot are!!!  Glad to hear all is going so well. the constipation will surely not have lasted long, once you stopped the pain killers. . . If so, keep eating the oranges, plums, figs and damsons!  
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    Hi Shirleyann,

    ?You sound almost a copycat of my knee issues - except you are having a TKR whereas I had a partial knee replacement. Mine was right knee, medial compartment - located at the top inside of the Tibia shaft. This part had extensive OA resulting from a torn cartilige in 2000 and an even earlier sporting injury. When they went in for the cartilage using keyhole surgery they found the onset of OA and cleaned that up at the same time. I had my knee replacement surgery on 6 Nov 2015. My surgeon warned me that he'd only do the partial if there was no other signs of OA on the rest of the right knee. I was clear - it only affected that spot. I drive a manual car and also a manual bus. I was 71 when I had my surgery. I was back driving my car in 8 weeks and back at work driving a bus 3 weeks after that. I have been pain free ever since.

    I assume you are able to elect when you can have the surgery, if so I would take steps to prepare your body for what is undeniably a hard road ahead. Prepare your body both physically and mentally. There are things you just will not be told - I spent some 6 weeks before surgery having a massage therapist working and advising me on strengthening my right leg muscles ... the idea being to get the leg as fit as possible so that your surgeon has the best strongest knee/leg muscles in the world ( already for him/her to butcher). Then for about 6 weeks afterwards the same therapist will need to work on the incision scar and the muscles to prevent scar tissue forming. Scar tissue will inhibit your recovery like you wouldn't believe. You'll be given a set of exercises to do daily until told to stop. DO THEM WITHOUT FAIL. You could go onto Youtube and type in the search box   - exercises after partial knee replacement. There are shedloads of short videos on the sort of exercises you have to go through, this will help prepare you mentally.

    ?OK, so, my timeline was ..... surgery on 6 Nov, discharged home on 9 Nov, dressing removed on 19 Nov, PT review on 24 Nov, surgeons review and getting rid of crutches and back driving my car on 29 Dec and back at work driving a bus on 26 January. My stitches were self disolving staples.

    ?The secret is you have to get the leg muscles strong before surgery so your leg is in best shape possible as it will be a big plus in aiding your recovery. Then afterwards, get that scar tissue worked on, you just must not let it form. My hospital would not let me home on day 3 until I could walk up and down stairs on crutches and until I could get a 90 degree bend in the knee before leaving hospital. If you can't get that 90 bend you are gonna have a bloody hard time afterwards.

    ?Hope this helps.

    John

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    Hi Shirleyann,

    ​You sound almost a copycat of my knee issues - except you are having a TKR whereas I had a partial knee replacement. Mine was right knee, medial compartment - located at the top inside of the Tibia shaft. This part had extensive OA resulting from a torn cartilige in 2000 and an even earlier sporting injury. When they went in for the cartilage using keyhole surgery they found the onset of OA and cleaned that up at the same time. I had my knee replacement surgery on 6 Nov 2015. My surgeon warned me that he'd only do the partial if there was no other signs of OA on the rest of the right knee. I was clear - it only affected that spot. I drive a manual car and also a manual bus. I was 71 when I had my surgery. I was back driving my car in 8 weeks and back at work driving a bus 3 weeks after that. I have been pain free ever since.

    I assume you?are able to elect when you can have the surgery, if so?I would take steps to prepare your body for what is undeniably a hard road ahead. Prepare your body both physically and mentally. There are things you just will not be told - I spent some 6 weeks before surgery having a massage therapist working and advising me on strengthening my right leg muscles?... the idea being to get the leg as fit as possible so that your surgeon has the best strongest knee/leg muscles in the world ( already for him/her to butcher). Then for about 6 weeks afterwards the same therapist will need to work on the incision scar and the muscles to prevent scar tissue forming. Scar tissue will inhibit your recovery like you wouldn't believe. You'll be given a set of exercises to do daily until told to stop. DO THEM WITHOUT FAIL. You could go onto Youtube and type in the search box?? - exercises after partial knee replacement. There are shedloads of short videos on the sort of exercises you have to go through, this will help prepare you mentally.

    ​OK, so, my timeline was ..... surgery on 6 Nov, discharged home on 9 Nov, dressing removed on 19 Nov, PT review on 24 Nov, surgeons review and getting rid of crutches and back driving my car on 29 Dec and back at work driving a bus on 26 January. My stitches were self disolving staples.

    ​The secret is you have to get the leg muscles strong before surgery so your leg is in best shape possible as it will be a big plus in aiding your recovery. Then afterwards, get that scar tissue worked on, you just must not let it form. My hospital would not let me home on day 3 until I could walk up and down stairs on crutches and until I could get a 90 degree bend in the knee before leaving hospital. If you can't get that 90 bend you are gonna have a bloody hard time afterwards.

    ​Hope this helps.

    John

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    Here ya go...

    http://patient.info/forums/discuss/the-tkr-experience-or-wish-i-had-another-kidney-stone--524499

    Simple op...no pain...back to running miles in a week or two.  This is absolutely true...but on some other planet!!!  Here, it's probably going to be the worst op you'll ever have...was that way for me and the majority of the people you'll hear from.  Yes, there are the exceptions (who live on that other planet) but don't count on being one of them.  Prepare...prepare...prepare.  Eat healthy, lose weight, hydrate, exercise.  Most of all, lose ALL expectations about time...and don't compare your recovery to that of anyone else.  We all go through this differently...your journey is your own.  Take your meds, ice, do your PT and exercises...but do NOT push the knee as it will swell and set you back.  

    Check out my other posts as well as those of other members.  You're not alone.

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