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What do you wish you had known before your TKR?

Most of us found that we didn't know enough about recovery from a TKR before we had it  done.  What do you wish you had've known?  What would have armed you better?

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  • lyn32416 lyn32416 cheryl86544

    Knowing how painful the first few weeks would be. My surgeon said my pain would be "controlled". Liar, liar, pants on fire!

    I wish I'd been better prepared. Leaner, fitter and stronger. Its taken me 16 months of perserverance, tenacity and attitude adjustments to get where I am now. New and improved! Yippee!

    • cheryl86544 cheryl86544 lyn32416

      Very good point!  That's what they all say - "controlled" pain.  I was in hospital and rehab for nearly 5 weeks with each TKR and I made myself a promise that I would have ONE PAINFREE HOUR!!  It took weeks, but I got it!!

    • jenny80029 jenny80029 cheryl86544

      I found my pain was controlled...there was the occasional hour or two when it felt just a bit more than I felt happy to bear, however, as TENS worked for me this solved the problem, and I did not need to up my medications, I would recommend anyone buy a TENS unit, and try it out before surgery. It helped me a lot!

    • jenny80029 jenny80029 linda12841

      Not allowed to mention exact products on here but mine has four pads, not two, which makes it stronger. It was only about 25 pounds so was not expensive. I think They are pretty similar. Mine is battery operated which was fine..,.

  • sue33011 sue33011 cheryl86544

    Good question Cheryl. I spent six weeks reading every bit of information I could lay my hands on as well as an extended visit to my orpathaedic surgeon where I questioned everything-from anaesthesia to pain relief to life without a tkr and then some. I tried to leave no stone unturned. I have always lived by the motto-its your body, your operation-step up. But having said that, the one thing I wasnt prepared for was the lack of sleep during those early weeks post tkr. I'd poured over forums such as this but for some reason " sleep issues" didnt register as a possible issue-WRONG!!!!!!!! I can honestly say for me that was the worst part.

    • mary96817 mary96817 sue33011

      AWh Sleep im now 6 months and yes I can finally say im sleeping ok and on any sie I want my next operation is due for the other leg well im on the listy so making the most of the reprieve before i start again On the plus side I know what to expect  sad sad 


    • cheryl86544 cheryl86544 sue33011

      Yes, my first TKR was like that - so impossible to sleep!  This 2nd TKR I had about 9 weeks ago - totally different.  Even in rehab I could sleep on either side, I couldn't believe it and I felt so lucky.

    • dolores84206 dolores84206 cheryl86544

      All my Dr. told me is that it is extremely painful. He records each visit and said he explained to the patient of the pain involved and she agreed to the operation. He didn't explain the length of recovery or the lack of sleep that I experienced for months. At each visit he would ask me if I felt better than before the operation and my reply was "no"! At almost 6 months out I feel almost normal, sleeping well, walking well, and back to life! Wish I had asked more questions!

    • Linda ann Linda ann sue33011

      Yes i also have to agree sleep was a bit of a problem, dont think they tell you enough about any of it to be honest, but i cant knock my hospital they were absolutly fantastic from start to finish, maybe i didnt ask enough questions, but i can say as im sure most of us can that its great to have it done and over with and look back on all the discumforts , thanks goodness for threads and groups like this one.....good luck to all whos been there and to those that are going, you will survive xxx



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