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Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« on: September 03, 2008, 11:38:05 PM »
It's day two.  I was hoping to get on yesterday, but I was having a bit of trouble concentrating...pain meds.  You understand.

This has been pretty painful, but no pain, no gain.  I can't even do a single leg raise...

I had to report to the hospital at 6 am yesterday.  I was first in the lineup and they took me into the OR at 8am.  I woke up in pain...

It took me a while to figure out the pump for the demoral, so that has helped.  It wasn't working at first, so my first hour or so was awful.  My laptop battery is wearing down, so I'm gonna recharge.  smooches!  Kathy
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008, 01:37:29 AM »
Kathy,

Hoping you will have a good recovery. How's the pain? Have you been able to keep on top of it? Will be checking up on you to see how you are making out.

Best Wishes,
Candace
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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008, 03:38:32 AM »
Candace-

I think I have my arms around the pain.  As long as I punch the trigger before the pain sets in...and when I'm still it doesn't hurt too bad.  I'm using a CPM machine...up to 50% flex and 0 extension.

I got my cathedar out this afternoon....so am forced to get up to potty.

There's an old man in the room next door, and he snores and I can hear when his sleep apnea kicks in.  Quite annoying as I was looking forward to sleeping sans my hubby's snoring.  lol

Well I just punched the demoral...I think I'm going to have a good night sleep.  smooches!  Kathy
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2008, 06:51:14 AM »
Glad to hear from you!! Keep up with those meds.   Can anyone say earplugs please hahah. Why oh why is the always a snorer in every crowd hahah.  ;D. Just lay back, let the nurses take care of you and get better! Remember, you are in the recovery phase now.

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Candace
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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008, 01:30:27 PM »
Kathy!

Great to hear from you!  Congratulations on the new knee!

Hope it soon starts to feel like that is what you have, and not just like a new wound...   :P 

Sounds like you're doing great, though, managing your pain and in good spirits. 

Hope your neighbor from next door quieted down and you were able to get some sleep!  Wow, that's some powerful snoring...  :o

Let us know how you're doing?  Took me a while to find you here--sorry!

Are you home, now?

(((Hugs)))

Angela
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Apr'00 to May'07: intermittent pain; NO instability
7/May/07: Lateral Release (which created instability)
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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2008, 10:07:32 PM »
All-

I got to come home today.  Had to stop on the way for a walker, and my meds.  I have to take shots..anticoagulant...nice.  I have a CPM and it's funny....I sleep when I'm laying there.  I'm at 85 degrees.

I wasn't supposed to be able to come home til tomorrow...but everything is going OK, and my doc KNOWS I'm serious about getting well, so he let me come home.  I was pretty happy.

I was very happy with the staff at the hospital.  All very nice and patient.  First day or so was pretty miserable.  I kept forgetting about the pump demoral on the first day, so on the second day I was more aware, but then I was pretty messed up!  I had a catheter so I didn't have to get up, except for PT.  Wednesday afternoon I got rid of the catheter which made me try to be more accountable for my self.  Someone from the staff still wanted to be there when I got up, but didn't help much.  I preferred no help though....sometimes when they help move the leg it's almost like playing tug of war...can anyone say...'DON'T TOUCH ME!!!!'    lol  I got pretty good at lifting my surgery leg with my good leg and swinging it around so I could put it where I needed it.  I got to take a shower when I got home...thank God!  My hair was extremely gross!  I'm happy to be home.  We're ordering pizzaand gonna watch movies.  I took a bunch of movies to the hospital....didn't watch any of them.

Well, I'll keep you guys posted.  I need to go put my purse contents into a little backpack.  Smooches!  Kathy
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2008, 10:45:34 PM »
Hey... welcome home!
It sounds like you've done really well so far. Movies sound like just the right idea, if you can focus long enough to figure out what is going on hahah. I remember the first movie I tried to watch my first day home from the hospital. I kept having to rewind it over and over as I would somehow lose track of what was going on and realize I had no idea what the movie was even about lol.

Keep up the good work!  Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Candace
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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2008, 04:28:43 AM »
Question...while I was in the hospital, ice wasn't a very important thing.  In fact I kept asking for it, but the ice packs that were given to me were 'padded' and weren't cold.

Now that I'm home I've been icing with ziplocks and ice.  I like to freeze my knee....it feels good.  But my ROM has gotten slightly worse...just my knee is stiffer.  Is this something I should worry about??

Thanks.  Smooches.  Kathy
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2008, 10:47:22 AM »
Hi Kathy,

I am pleased to hear that you are home now. Sounds like you are doing wonderfully well.

If I was you I'd continue icing. It could be that your knee is tightening up. Just do what you can.

When I came home from hospital I remember watching lots of dvds. It was great therapy.

Look forward to hearing the next instalment.  :)
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11/1998 - LK MPFL Reco
12/2005 - RK LR Repair
07/2006 - LK MPFL Repair
11/2006 - LK LR Repair
22/05/08 - LK Trochleoplasty
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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2008, 12:44:08 AM »
Pretty good day...got up.  Laid back down.  Slept in the CPM.  ROM is 0/92.  I'll get to 95 this evening when we watch (haha I'll be snoring) boxing.  Went to Wal-Mart for a few things.  Came home.  Hubby grilling burgers on the grill.  Gonna be an uneventful night.

So what's the scoop on the walker verses crutches in terms of TKR?  I got a walker, but am skilled in using my crutches.  My walker doesn't fit through my bathroom doors.  Quite generally I don't like using the walker.  Does anyone know why I felt like the staff at the hospital was steering me away from crutches???

My thigh still hurts like mad....when I walk I feel like the blood rushes to my leg and it seems to hurt more.  I know...what a pain, huh??

Well, I'm gona chill on the couch for a while.  Smooches.  Kathy
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2008, 01:43:43 AM »
Most people are not strong enough for crutches.  Personally I went on crutches on day 10.   Prior to my TKR I was mostly on my crutches all the time. I believe you are ahead of  most people.  Keep it up.  Your ROM is excellent for the amount of time you been post op.   Wait until you reach  135 flex it really is a great day when you can do that. 

For a puffy leg.  I was instructed to wear compression thigh highs and take my anti inflamitory.
Keep iciing that knee and keep up on your pain meds. 

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2008, 11:25:48 AM »
Ah...now I get it.  I'm strong in terms of upper body, so crutches OK.  I guess I need to call and ask about about taking an anti-inflamatory.  I probably need to measure my fat thigh and see if it goes down.  It's pretty gross.

Do you know if I have to sleep in any particular position?  I have mostly been on my back, but keep wanting to roll on my side...I don't know if I'm going to hurt anything.  I don't know what this thing is supposed to feel like.  So far it's kind on clanky...but that's kind of how my knee was before the surgery...my knee was doing a constant bump and grind.  I just don't know what to expect, and no one really said anything about that.

Well, let me snooze for a while...thanks so much for all of the input and encouragement.   I very much appreciate you all!  Smooches.  Kathy
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Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2008, 12:16:38 PM »
Hi Kathy,

Sounds like you are doing wonderfully well. Good on you ! Keep up the good work.

I would try sleep on your back if you can, but just find a comfortable position to sleep. Once my OS told me to sleep with my knees bent so my knee cap wouldn't come out. My sports physician thought that was stupid as you can't tell someone how to sleep as you often move in the night.

Have you thought about putting a pillow under your knee ? I found that helped a bit after my surgery.

I hope watching DVDs is not getting too boring.  :)
11/1996 - RK LR
07/1997 - LK LR
11/1998 - LK MPFL Reco
12/2005 - RK LR Repair
07/2006 - LK MPFL Repair
11/2006 - LK LR Repair
22/05/08 - LK Trochleoplasty
11/02/10 - RK Trochleoplasty
07/03/11 - RK Chrondroplasty

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2008, 02:33:09 PM »
My nurse scolded me while in the hospital about putting a pillow under my knee...and I've read it somewhere since not to put a pillow under my knee.   I do try to sleep on my back, but every once in a while I get the urge to roll over on my side.....

I don't understand that about sleeping with your knees bent so your knee caps would stay in place.  I don't understand that....oh well.

Thanks so much for your reply.  I look forward to hearing from you again.  Kathy
Tore ACL March 1992
Fixed ACL Patellar Graft March 2005 (That's right 13 years later)
TKR Sept 08

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Re: Kathy's Post-Op (TKR)
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2008, 04:53:00 PM »
Do not put a pillow under your knee since it can mess with your zero extention.  What I did I got a feather bed and folded it and elevated my legs so that my knee was straight all the time.  Pillows  under your knee can mess with your zero extension.

I am a side sleeper.. and it was great to hook my leg over the feather bed















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