I'm really scared that the pain is going to be so bad ..can someone put my mind at rest and tell me what to expect
I've had my knee replaced and honestly it wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined. I also had a really good physical therapist who wouldn't let me wimp out and got me to where I have compete range of motion back. I won't lie and tell you that it doesn't hurt, it does. Your Dr will give you pain meds to take home with you. If you follow your Dr's instructions and work with your p.t., you'll be amazed at how well you recover. Your imagination is most likely way worse than the actual surgery! I wish you the very best of luck.
If you have suffered years of pain, discomfort, stiffness & lack of mobility in your knee then your worst days will soon be behind you.
As for the actual surgery, the surgery itself will take approximately two to three hours and usually they'll let you go home the same day.
As Lisa above mentioned the actual surgery pain is not as bad as you think.
It's also comforting to know the pain you're experiencing after surgery will soon go away!
You will be surprised on how little pain medications you will need. After surgery physical therapy is key. The more you do your exercises at home and at physical therapy the stronger the knee will become, thus increasing your mobility.
It's normal to be nervous but in the long run it's the right thing to do for your knee and your overall health.
Best of luck!
I had both knees replaced (6 weeks apart) and I learned for the 1st 12 weeks or so, it’s a full time job... yes, there is pain, but nothing like you’ve probably already experienced with bad knees... This pain goes away and you’ll be the better for it... Just commit to doing “everything “ your Dr and your PT tells you...
Don’t give up! Stay focused and also a good attitude helps... You have to believe you can do this... and you can... good luck
I have had 4 replacement knees put in. My left one is a Smith & Nephew and I have had no problem with it. They put that in in 2015. My right leg has had 27 surgeries including three Zimmer replacement knees and then a Neff Nail to save the leg. My case was presented at the 2015 orthopedic conference in Orlando Florida. My case is NOT the usual as far as what happened. As far as pain it is a totally different type of pain. The aching arthritic pain is gone but you do feel where they cut but it will be managed with pain meds. Ask for a femoral nerve block for the leg prior to surgery getting underway. The anesthesiologist will do this if you ask for it. Take your pain meds! It’s easier to control pain when you are out front of it instead of chasing it. When you do PT take a pain pill 15-30 minutes prior. Use ice to control swelling. You will only get out of PT what you put into it. You want a good knee bust your tail in PT. You are not going to break anything.
Don’t be surprised if they get you up standing on it the night of surgery or the day after. Good luck with your new knee.
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