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amytro (@amytro)

Week #3 post TKR

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Dec 1, 2020 | Replies (43)

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Hi @amytro – I am 3 1/2 weeks post surgery for a left TKR. Surgery was 1/29. I had in-home PT the first 2 weeks and did my first week of out patient PT last week. I have full extension of my knee and was at 128 degrees flexion when I started outpatient PT. (Both of my physical therapists think I'm a little ahead of schedule on reaching that level in 2 weeks and I'm happy with it!) I have been using a cane since the 2nd week. This week I was able to do a 1 mile walk outside in my neighborhood. I do PT twice a week with the therapist and on my own every other day.

You mentioned that you still need pain meds. When do you need them most? I am still taking 4 oxycodone tablets a day – 1 in the morning since I wake up stiff, 1 before PT, one about dinnertime and one before bed. I need every one. In the next week or two I will try to cut out the dinnertime pill. I wish there was another option but the Extra Strength Tylenol does nothing for me and they won't let me take any NSAIDs. I had a bad reaction with some internal bleeding so I can't even take the Celebrex I was on to start with. My therapists have always said it takes 8 weeks for tissue to heal and 12 weeks for bone to heal so I was thinking I was about average there, although I applaud @emb123 for getting off of the opiods so quickly.

Oh… in terms of sleeping, it's still a little awkward for me. I sleep best if I elevate my surgery leg. My sleep preference is on my side and I can't do that comfortably yet.

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Hi Debra. Congratulations on your success. I take the opioids all day at 4 hour intervals. If I miss, it takes twice as long to catch up again on pain control. I do PT at home 4 times a day. With sleep discomfort, it’s helpf to have a steady course of them. Tylenol doesn’t do much for me at all. I want off of them but not quite yet. My doctors have been supportive- surgery was only 2 weeks ago. Thanks for your reply. I look forward to walking outside when the ice and snow go away!

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