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Average level of pain after TKR?

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Mar 18, 2019 | Replies (13)

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@dkapustin

My advice to anyone getting a TKR is to get on pain management and make arrangements for pain meds for as long as you need them. I am 7 weeks PO and am still on Hydrocodone and I couldn't be doing my PT without it. Please bear in mind that I am not breezing through this surgery like some people. I'm struggling to a 110 ROM. It's awful and I NEED the pain meds. I"m smart enough to wean myself off when the time is right and so you are and most other people who get TKR.

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Thank you for saying this. I am 5.5 weeks out of my TKR and couldn't function without the Oxycodone. They are essential to PT and actually just getting around the house. I am doing well- 120 flexion and make steady progress. I too NEED the pain meds and have no interest in staying on them afterwards. They make me itch!!!