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shadows4

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Posted: 01/08/18 06:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Going to have a knee replaced tomorrow. Thought of a question for those who have had this done.

How much strength did you lose after surgery? I asked the Head nurse and she says it varies with the patient. But then she has never had one replaced. Just curious what to expect because I will be having the other knee done 6-8 weeks after the first one. Getting kind of nervous. Thanks, John


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Can't answer your question but good luck tomorrow.


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I have a couple of friends that had replacements, they said that the pain was pretty bad, but the more they walked and exercised it the better it go. I had one that had BOTH replaced at the same time and he stated he really messed up doing that and would not recommend it to anyone. Good Luck with the Replacement and I hope it heals quickly and you can get back to a normal life.Good Luck and Happy Camping


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I have had both knees replaced. Use your meds as the Dr says. When it comes to PT, if you do it right it will hurt take the pain meds 20 minutes before you start the PT. The noise your knee will make during PT real interesting and can feel really strange. Popping, snapping and a lot of other noises. This is normal. Strength loss is not bad in the muscles. The joint on the other hand is quite a bit. How ever part of the reason for the PT is to get the strength back. The strength will come back fairly quickly. DO YOUR PT. NO PAIN NO GAIN.

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Thanks guys. Will be leaving the house shortly, got a whole 30 minutes of sleep last night. Guess I am more nervous than I thought. It has to be better than the way it is now. Ready to get it done and go camping!!! LOL

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I know you won't read this for a few days. I've had both done. I am 75 and the last one was 11 months ago. How well you do is based on how hard you work. I hope you started the strengthening ahead of time. It was important to me. I am still recovering from the last one. Complete recovery takes time, especially at 75.

I was very fortunate with my first replacement because I had to recover two years prior from ACL surgery and my left knee was very strong from the work I had done for that.

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I had one of mine replaced at age 75, five years ago and here is my take and thoughts:

If I had to do it again, I would have done it fifteen or twenty years before I did. That is how long I lived with the pain prior to it.
Right now it is as if I was a kid again on it.

First are you in good shape ?
Are you over weight ?
Are you sedentary?
If you answered Yes, No, No, then I don't think you will have any problem.

In my case, I raced canoes and kayaks and my goal was to get back into a canoe, (which is easier then a kayak) in a month. I was back in a kayak two weeks after the replacement
The first couple of days are the hardest after the operation with the nights being the worst.
The therapy is the key to a quick recovery. Do exactly as they tell you and don't baby yourself. My surgeon told me to do as I could tolerate, so I challenged myself.
on day two I was walking a short distance with a cane. On day three I was walking a hundred yards just carrying a cane, but not using it.
Every day I increased the distance I was walking.

Lastly during therapy, it was the ones who could answer "yes, no, No"(above) who left each day with a smile on their face while the others were not happy campers.

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Best thing I have done. No more pain, but the recovery was painful. I had heard all kinds of stories about what you could and couldn't do, well I haven't found anything I cant do. Do the therpty. The stronger the muscles are the better. Sometimes I forget that I had a knee replacement


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Had both done at the same time. It was hell for a few months! One thing I didn’t know you had better carry a foam pad or knee pads because you’ll need them if you ever want to get down on your knees again.



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FlatBroke wrote:

Had both done at the same time. It was hell for a few months! One thing I didn’t know you had better carry a foam pad or knee pads because you’ll need them if you ever want to get down on your knees again.


True or not, my doctor told me that the chance of a fatal blood is quadrupled by having both knees done at once. I planned to get the second one done asap after the first one healed.

I actually began taking glucosamine and chondroitin a few months before my first replacement and it did have a positive effect. It allowing me to go 5 more years before having to get the other one done.

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