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Offline GregS

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Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« on: November 20, 2005, 03:39:10 PM »
Hello!
It is so nice to find others with the same problems I have! (Hope that came out right.) I'm a 60 year old guy who likes to play golf and walk. Over the last year I found that it was getting more and more painful and I finally went to the doc and then to a specialist. To make a long story short, I am scheduled for pkr on both knees using the "preserve" devices by DuPuy on November 29, 2005. I have read as much as I can find about this procedure here and elsewhere but still have a couple of questions. When I come home, should I have one of those raised seats for the toilet or is that just not necessary? Should I rent one of those Passive Continuious Motion Machines or is that just not necessary? Any help from you with experience is much appreciated. I'll do my best to post for others once I have the experience.  :)

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Re: Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2005, 05:53:16 PM »
Hi Greg,

I had both knees done at the same time too, with DuPuy replacements..though I'm not sure exactly what the "preserve" devices are.† Are you having medial replacements?

I'm not sure where you live...I'm in Canada.† Part of my pre-op protocol was to attend a pre surgery clinic where I met with the anaethesatist, nurses, doctors, watched the surgery on video, had tests done and saw an occupational therapist.† The therapist helped a lot in knowing what to have ready for after surgery.

Here's what I found:

My doctor did not prescribe a CPM machine...for partials he didn't feel it was necessary but your OS might.†
I wore TED HOSE for a couple of weeks to help with circulation. (your OS will probably recommend these)
My staples were removed at two weeks.
At home, I was confined to one floor...I chose our upper level bedroom as my home...had an adjoining bathroom, tv, and computer...all necessities when you can't do the stairs!
I needed a walker, crutches, a raised commode with hand rails, and a shower seat.

My husband was home for two weeks with me, so I had lots of help.† It's especially difficult to get in and out of the shower...if you have a tub shower like I do!† We cracked up laughing so many times...I just couldn't get my knees to bend properly to get me in the shower.† I'm only 5'3" so that might have added to the problem too!

I rented the walker, shower seat and raised commode from our local drug store.† I kept the raised toilet seat the longest.† You aren't discharged from the hospital until your ROM is 90 degrees...for someone who is tall, you need to bend a lot more than that to be seated on the toilet!

You'll find this link under Products You Couldn't Do Without http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=12415.msg84473#msg84473  will help.

Glad to answer any questions you have!...kath
Bi-lateral unicompartmental Nov 2004

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Re: Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2005, 08:16:31 PM »
Kath
Thank You for your reply and information! I am almost a neighbor (Minnesota). I forgot that the OS said that the week before I would be called in for a meet. I guess I'll have some questions answered then. The replacements are on the inside. (medial?) I am 6'2" so will probably need the equipment you mentioned. Will start shopping!
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Re: Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2005, 09:51:54 PM »
Hi Greg..yep, medial is inside.

If you've read any of my posts, you will know that I consider my surgery a total success.  My pain levels are down considerably compared to prior to surgery.   If yours goes anything like mine, you will be back walking and golfing in no time...and chances are you won't need a cart!  (well, maybe not for 9 holes!)

Please keep us informed as to how things go for you...kath
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Re: Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2005, 04:54:54 PM »
As I write this, exactly one week ago I was under surgery for unicompartmental bilateral surgery to the medial side of my knees. I was given the option of either general anesthesia or a spinal block. I chose the spinal block because the last time I had general and was sicker than a dog. No regrets with the spinal as I got only a little sick. The surgery took about two hours. I was in the hospital for a total of three days before I went home. My wife helped me load up into the back of our mini-van and drove me the eight miles home. I was given a choice of having a walker or crutches and I took the walker. No regrets there. Once home, I had to get up two outside steps and then about a dozen steps to the second floor where my command post was set up.  :)  This was a little difficult but managed with time. The day after getting home, a physical therapist came to help me with exercises. My knee bend measurements were 96 degrees and 115 degrees. I take pain pills on a need basis. They were needed with more at night to help me sleep. The knees have progressed very well. I now go up and down the steps and walk mostly without the walker. The therapist just left after a session and the measurements now are 116 degrees and 118 degrees. The pain has been manageable. Only a couple of times that it was to the point of very high discomfort.
Enough for now, Iíll add to this as my recuperation progresses.

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Re: Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2005, 12:03:59 AM »
Greg...it sounds like you are doing great!!  My best ROM was 120 degrees and that was after 3 months of physio.  Don't think I've progressed much more than that but it's functional for me. 

I also chose the spinal as GA makes me very nauseated....wouldn't you know...the spinal did not work right away and so they put me out with a GA.  I ended up with the nausea of the GA and the spinal headaches of the spinal!

Are you using crutches now?

Congratulations on such a great recovery! ...kath
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Re: Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2005, 04:47:44 PM »
Hi Kath
My tenth day today. Got my staples removed yesterday and the OS said to come back in three months. Therapist just left and my knees are at 120 and 118 degrees. He thought 125 is enough, so not much more to go! I am not using crutches. Just wallking with a goal to get rid of my penguin walk that I picked up with the old knees. I didn't even know I was doing it but I'm told the body makes adjustments to avoid the pain. All seems to be progressing. About the only complaint I have is that I haven't been sleeping well at night. Hopefully that will get better! Hope you are well.

Greg

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Re: Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2005, 03:55:04 AM »
Greg,

Sounds like you are doing great! I had a medial PKR on my right knee on Dec 8th and so far things have been going good. I have pretty good motion, 106 and full extension. I don't think that I could have done both at the same time. I am glad I only have one bad knee and that my other knee is good and has no problems.

Good luck on your recovery. Are you going to formal PT, or doing it on your own?

Melanie
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00 Med menisectomy, lat men repair
01 med, lat meniscus transplant, ACL rev, LR
01 chrondroplasty, manip & debrid
02 med, lat partial menisectomy
03 Arthrotomy,† LOA, LR
05 chrondroplasty, lat men repair, shrink ACL
05  med menisectomy, chrondropla
05 med PKR

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Re: Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2005, 12:10:52 AM »
Greg...I keep hearing how much better men do with knee replacement surgery than women...and you are a testament to that fact!† It's great you are feeling so good.† It took me a while to "relearn" to walk...because of pain, I used to swing my right leg out from the hip.† You don't even realize you are doing it until someone mentions it.† But thankfully I am walking much more naturally now.

Good going!† Keep us informed as you progress...kath
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Re: Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2006, 04:31:11 PM »
It has been 51 days since my knee surgery and I thought I would just update for those who are considering their own surgery so they can compare. Here is my level of activity. I walk at least a mile and a half a day either outside or on my treadmill. I walk up and down the stairs as much as possible for exercise. This past weekend I went snowmobiling both Saturday and Sunday. I take maybe one or two ibuprofin a day for lingering pain. The pain is now much less than it was before the surgery and seems to get better each couple of days. My knees feel a little stiff. The cuts are well healed and are now merely scars about 4 - 5 inches long. Hope this is of help to someone out there.
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Re: Questiions about my knee replacement recovery
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2006, 03:34:31 AM »
Greg,

So glad to hear you are progressing at warp speed.  I also had a (just one, so you win that one) PKR on 11-29, so we are in the same place.  Sounds like you have mastered your new knees and are doing quite well.  I certainly concur with your assessment of the pain relief - better each day - and with the stiffness - can't wait until that is gone.  But, hey, all in all, we seem to be cruising.

Keep up the great work,
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