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saeternes (@saeternes)

Mako TKR in one month; had stem cell, PRP

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

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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.

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@debbraw Debbra. you could be the post person for Mako! What a fabulous recovery you had. What is your flex now? The woman I know at my water aerobics classes says she had 145 at a few weeks but I have a hard time imagining that. I didn't think 145 was even something that most doctors expect for anyone.
JK