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Mako TKR in one month; had stem cell, PRP

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Nov 1, 2019 | Replies (19)

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Thanks Debbra. If you could write a bit more detail about your immediate post surgery recovery, how long you used cane or other devices, when you cold walk on your own, sleeping and anything you can think of I would love to hear it.

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@saeternes – Sure, I'm happy to share my recovery story! In 2017, I hurt my knee and long story short, my ortho surgeon had me in physical therapy for a couple of months before my first knee replacement. That was a huge help. My knee was replaced on 4/18/17 and when I was released from the hospital, my ROM extension/flexion was 3/105. I started in-home PT on 4/21. By one week, I started using the stationary bike and my ROM was 5/120 (I'd lost a little on the extension, but gained a lot on flexion). I just used the walker for a week and transitioned to a cane. By 2 weeks, I could walk in the house w/o a walker or a cane, but I used the cane outside. At three weeks, my ROM was 0/120 and I started to drive. At that point, I went from in-home PT to outpatient. My last PT visit was 9 weeks. I used oxycodone for 9 weeks, but at the end it was just one at night to sleep.

On my second robot assisted TKR, I asked my ortho-surgeon for a prescription for "pre-hab" so I could prepare for the surgery. I had the surgery on 1/29/19 and when I was released from the hospital my ROM was 5/110. I started in home PT on 2/1/2019. I only used the walker a couple of times when I got up at night to go to the bathroom. Before the first week was out I was using the stationery bike and I had transitioned completely to a cane. At one week, I could do 20 minutes on the bike and walk outside with the cane. At two weeks, my ROM was 0/128. Two weeks also marked the point where I could drive so I ended in-home PT and went to outpatient. At three weeks, I walked a full mile. My last PT visit was 8 weeks but I didn't really need that much – the prescription was written for 8 weeks so I used it all. I used oxycodone for 5 weeks, but at the end it was just 1 to sleep and maybe one before PT.

Second time was much easier all the way around. Let me know if I skipped anything that interests you. Will you keep us posted on your prep and recovery? I'm pulling for you.