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Old 02-11-2019, 05:37 PM   #1
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Doc says I gotta get a new knee!

Well, after 79 years I guess I finally wore out my OEM knee!

I had two scope surgeries to repair the "stuff" inside, but they didn't help. Doc says the only option left is a new knee! I will be having that done this Wednesday, Feb. 13th (not a Friday thank goodness).

My fancy walker (I call it my stroller) will be here tomorrow so I guess I'm about as ready as I'm gonna get!

Please put in a good word for me with the Boss upstairs if you have a minute!
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:13 PM   #2
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1. Take the pain pills before the pain gets bad. Don't try and chase the pain because it is very hard to catch it. Don't try to be a tough brave man and do it without the pain meds.

2. Do the PT on the schedule they give you. Trying to do more usually leads to problems.

3. Ice is your friend.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:26 PM   #3
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My 80 year old mom had a knee replaced right before Christmas.

I'm not trying to scare you or discourage you but...

The surgeon did not prepare her for the post operative pain. It was entirely manageable but they did not impress upon her enough about taking the pain pills even if you are without pain initially.

You will get pain and like the other poster said once it gets bad it was very difficult to back under control.

My mom also made the mistake of feeling good and walking too much too soon. Don't do it, listen to your doctor and physical therapist.

A couple weeks after and just in time for Christmas she was just fine and back to driving and shopping and everything else.
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If it is a option look for Physical Therapy that does water therapy!
Doing the exercises in water feels wonderful compared to normal therapy!
Get out of water feeling pain free rather than sore! Walk out get into car and take a nap before driving home! Had both knees replaced at the same time 6 years ago!
I drove to the local pool 6-7 days a week rather than there 3 days of therapy!
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I too opted for additional pool therapy. It makes a world of difference.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:49 PM   #6
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I had my left knee replaced a year ago Dec. Very easy recovery, had almost full movement by the time I had my first therapy. Up till the replacement I'd had 6 procedures on that knee.
Be sure to do the therapy!!
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:50 PM   #7
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DW has 1-1/3 new knees. She had a partial replacement done on one knee about 6 years ago. In a partial they only replace one side of the knee and leave the patella in place. About 15 months ago she had a full replacement on the other knee.

I would say the partial was tougher for her. They kept her in the hospital for 3 days. During surgery they implanted an electrical nerve block that didn't come out until day 2. She went home on day 3. At home she had this contraption that would move her leg and would gradually increase her range of motion. A major PIA (or really PIK) as we had to use it on the bed at night. It was less than comfortable. After a couple of weeks she started PT and was in pretty good shape after 6 weeks.

Move to 2017 - no hospital stay. She went into an outpatient surgery center (same surgeon) and was in surgery for about an hour. No general anesthetic - they used a spinal with sleepy juice. No electric nerve block - they packed the area with a 48 hour medical nerve block. They sent her home about 3:00 the day of surgery. She would have been out earlier, but it took awhile for the spinal to wear off - had to wear off enough to where she had bladder control.

At home - no medieval torture machine. She had a cold compress machine that circulated cold water and squeezed the knee cuff with air pressure. Also had a TENS knee wrap that would simulate the muscles. She did have to use the cold compress at night, but it had its own timer. They put her in PT 7 days after surgery and she was 90% after about 4 weeks. Big difference in technology and practice over just a few years. Only complication she had was from the pain medicine. They gave here a couple of days of Oxytocin and it plugged her up solid. We were in the emergency room 4 days after surgery. After that she stayed on Tylenol. Lesson - stay off the opiates if you can.

Hope yours goes as well.
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My 84 year old mom had knee replacement 3 years ago, and my wife had hers done 5 years ago. Here's what I've learned from both.
STAY ON TOP OF THE PAIN! Take your meds as needed!
Rent an ice water machine! It circulates ice cold water around the joint and keeps swelling down. We bought it for Pammi's surgery and mom borrowed it for hers. I'll be using it soon for shoulder surgery.
MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET YOU UP TO WALK THE SAME DAY AS YOU SURGERY! Pammi was up within 3 hours of coming out of surgery. They didn't get my mom up to walk and she wound up in critical care with blood clots in both her lungs! Her other knee needs done, but since they botched the after care, she's reluctant to have it done. Imagine that?
Don't let this post scare you off the surgery. Recovery is rough, but doable.
And you'll be very glad that you did!
Let us know how it turns out!
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Get it done. The ice water machine is absolutely marvelous. Be sure and do the therapy. Had mine done two years ago. Really happy with it. Got another one that is starting to growl a little.
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Hey Joe, good luck with your surgery and recovery. My mom had both knees replaced and from her experiences all I can say is "ditto" the other replies here - the chiller machine, the PT on schedule, staying ahead of the pain with meds, etc.


And until you recover fully, Annette has got the upper hand. You've been extra good to her, right?


Of course you have!


Let us know how you're doing, Joe. May your recovery be swifter than the billing!
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1. Take the pain pills before the pain gets bad. Don't try and chase the pain because it is very hard to catch it. Don't try to be a tough brave man and do it without the pain meds.

2. Do the PT on the schedule they give you. Trying to do more usually leads to problems.

3. Ice is your friend.
This is excellent advice. Good luck with your procedure.
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Good luck with the surgery Joe. I wish you a quick recovery!
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Good luck with the surgery. Do what your doc, the PT & others above have said. Wishing you a speedy & complete recovery.

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Good luck young man! Hope all comes out well.
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