I have scheduled a TKR for July on my right knee. I need the left done as well... so my question is... Should I get the other done within a few weeks? I'm a teacher, I'm on my feet all day. I would appreciate ANY feedback. My husband seems to think I should have both done. He's been through one already. I'm 52 and in good health. My knees have affected my quality of life, it's time to get at least half done. ... well... so my question is... Should I get the other done within a few weeks? I'm a teacher, I'm on my feet all day. I would appreciate ANY feedback. My husband seems to think I should have both done. He's been through one already. I'm 52 and in good health. My knees have affected my quality of life, it's time to get at least half done :) I really want to get back to my active, feeling good lifestyle. The right one is by far the most painful, the left has started to give out and cause pain too. Thank you for any advice/support
I wouldn't recommend that you have them done together. You have to be on crutches for several weeks. Granted it might sound like a great deal, but I think having both done will slow down your recovery. I had my knee replaced also. I felt pretty good, the pain wasn't as bad as I thought it would be even after starting PT. But that was just the starting therapy that they came and did at my home for 2 weeks. After that went to the therapist's office and really got down to business. He was a real beast about doing the exercises and the stretches, but he got me back to having full and complete range of motion. Even my Dr didn't expect more than a 85 percent range. I can't even begin to imagine doing all that work on both legs at once. I hope this helps you at least a little! Good luck to you!
A TKR takes 12 weeks or 3 months to recover. You will not be going back to work real soon. You will be on a walker and learning how to bend that knee again. You will probably go to therapy 3x a week or more. It will be painful but over the weeks it will get better. Everyone is different in their recovery.
i had first knee done Dec. 4, 2015 and it was a snap and I do mean a snap. Three weeks could do everything. PT 6 weeks once a week and did the exercises at home. So April 27th this year had other one done. Wow ! What a difference. It has been the worst. But I know it is just a matter of time. I would not hesitate even tho I think I have been through hell. Just get it over. My first knee now is so strong and wonderful. Ice is your best friend. I did get to keep my own kneecaps and think that is a big plus. I wish you luck and just figure you will take it easy this summer. Good luck.
I just had bilateral knee replacement last week. 6/8/16. I am 58, and also a teacher whose quality of life was affected by my knees. I opted to get them both done at the same time - over summer break- so that I only have one recovery period. I am in good health otherwise, and even though it's only been a week, I have no regrets. I did have to search for a dr who does bilateral knees. None of the Drs in my local area will. I searched the Internet for "top knee surgeons in USA" and found one 3 1/2 hours driving distance away. Went for my consultation and loved him! So absolutely you can "shop around"! Good luck with whatever you decide!
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