... numerous reconstructive and replacement surguries. Now, I am Told I need a knee replacement on the same leg that I had the hip replacement and possibly the other knee also. The only replacement that I have ever feared has been my knees because during flareups, my knees were excutiatingly painful. How painful is it, how long before you can get on to a normal Life ? The left knee was the object on an accident where a metal rod was insert up to my knee cap, will that cause problems? Please, I need some confidence,-Donna
I have taken care of many folks after total knee replacements. Most people say that the pain before the surgery is so exquisite that the pain after is not so bad. Most people are up out of bed the day of, or the day after surgery. They start you on physical therapy (PT) pretty quickly. I am sure that you are aware from your hip surgery how important PT is. It is even more so for a knee. It is crucial to full recovery and mobility that you do your PT as ordered religiously. If you follow your PT instruction to the letter you will be up and about and back to normal in no time. One of the best tips I can give you in regards to this is to take a pain pill 30 minutes prior to starting therapy. This will help your pain and allow you to get the most out of your therapy. You cant stretch as well or have full range of motion when you are in pain so this is very important. My husbands best friend just had both knees done and he is about your age.
He is up and about and doing great! His knee was so bad that his leg looked like a backwards L. Most people I know are more than happy that they made the decision to do the replacement. The ones who have more trouble are the ones who refused to do their therapy or did it in half measures. PT hurts in the beginning but you have to push past it! Truly, if you have already been through a hip, this wont be much different. Just be sure you have a good experienced surgeon and you will do just fine! Oh they MAY place you on a blood thinner briefly to prevent blood clots but that is temporary. If you have any other questions, ask me, I have taken care of lots of total knees in the hospital right after surgery and also once they have arrived home.
Donna, I had my right knee replaced about three years ago. I finally gave in after walking " bone on bone" for well over a year and being in horrible pain. I was up toe-touch walking with crutches that night. Dzoo is exactly right about the pt. It does hurt, but unless you do it fully you won't regain full mobility. Fortunately, I had a great therapist that worked me like a dog, but got great results! I was able to get full extension on that knee, which I hadn't had in years. Good luck and let us know how you're doing. Lisa
Well I've been through total knee replacement.I wish I could have avoilded it somehow.everybody body accepts this a different way some do good some do bad.some people have both knees done one will turn out great the other goes bad.for me its been really bad but I think the polio has done my knee in its wore out.therapy is very important ice and ellavation is important.you should exercise it for the rest of your life it can't sit still.that's my honest opinion.hope it all goes well.I've had 13 surgery's so I know something.but if you do this expect a long road I'm not going to lie its hard but you can make it.it just takes the and do what you're told.to the letter.it just takes time.be patient patient patient.god bless you.
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