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My Knee Replacement Surgery Experience

Joint Replacements | Last Active: May 8, 2023 | Replies (40)

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I was in pretty good shape before surgery, but was given some specific leg strengthening exercises to do in the 3 weeks prior to surgery. Afterwards I faithfully did all the exercises given to me by the PT people. Hard, sometimes painful, time consuming, and boring - BUT they work. Best decision I made was to get a temporary membership in the wellness center of a retirement community. They have a salt water indoor pool, geared toward seniors with wide, shallow steps and handrails all around the inside of the pool. Water makes it so much easier and less painful to do the bending and stretching of the knee.
I am now almost 10 weeks post surgery, and I still have residual pain in the knee, especially at night. Not terrible, but not fun either. Also, in spite of the fact that I can easily do really deep squats - butt almost hitting the floor - when it comes to everyday activites like trying to pull a tight sock off the repaired-knee leg while standing, the knee still does not bend as I would expect it to. And lastly - does one ever get used to the really weird feeling when trying to kneel on the new knee joint?

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Hi @ellerbracke - Sounds as if you are doing great! Somewhere along the line I heard that 12 weeks was the magic number for most people being at about 90% recovery and that it really takes a full year to get 100% of what you will ever get. Also, my orthopedic surgeon told me that kneeling was something that was problematic for most of his patients. He said he heard it a lot from people who liked to garden: they pretty much had to give up on kneeling because it was so uncomfortable after a knee replacement. Kudos on your deep squats. Not me - LOL!! Are you taking anything for sleep at this point?