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Night Pain: Using a knee wedge after total knee replacement?
If you don't mind my asking, how do you feel about the whole TKR procedure now that you are 15 months post surgery? Was it worth it?
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I have thought about that one often. When I had my knee done, it was done as semi urgent as I had some bad tears which were not reparable due to bone loss. So I didn’t have a lot of choice. I have to say I am a bit disappointed with the result. I expected no pain, maybe some odd sensations, and definitely improved mobility. I do now have discomfort and sometimes pain if I overextend myself., such as too much on bike or lot of in and out of car. Sitting long periods is not good. I do my exercises, and still have trouble getting up from chair and toilet. My other knee is bad, so that muddy s the waters. If I look back I guess the big positive is being able to walk and move without crippling pain.i don’t use a cane any more, I can drive, and I can exercise in pool. I keep those positives in my head. I am going to wait as long as I can for my other knee, and pray I get better result. I have friends with great outcomes, so I know it can be done with the right doctor and therapy.
@jud My second TKR was in October, 2017 and I am extremely happy that I had it done. I wasn't in terrible pain before I had it done so many people thought I was crazy to go ahead. My pain had been worse but I had exercised to strengthen the supporting muscles, which is why my pain level decreased. Even so, I tired if I walked long distances. After having the TKR I could walk very long distances. Sure, I can feel some minor discomfort but minor enough that I simply ignore it.
If you get a great surgeon then you you are much more apt to have a successful TKR. I think MAKO surgery or getting a custom made knee helps a lot too. I have the Conformis knee.
I had my procedure in March and it was the best decision I ever made because I couldn’t stand and walk. The pain was unbearable. It is almost a year and I am experiencing no pain but just discomfort from the tight band. When I exercise too much I get a pain on the inside of the knee. I am able to walk a couple of laps in the mall. Still have difficulty getting out of a car due to knee flexion. I still get odd sensations and some clicking occasionally. I do exercises at the Y and have a home therapy program. My main complaint is that they do not prepare you mentally for the procedure and the first 6 months are awful. But on the flip side, if they did reveal expectations, no one would get it done! The key to successful surgery is a good doctor, mako robotic arm, and a good therapist. But I would not be in a hurry to do the other knee.
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