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What items do I need post TKR during recovery?

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Apr 10 8:13am | Replies (75)

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Thanks @johnbishop for that advice. For those of you who did not use ice machines, what did you use for icing. Also my surgeon mandates the use of "Vacu-Ease" portable DVT system to prevent thrombosis. Anyone used it?

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@saeternes I had a machine that squeezed my leg and then released at intervals, I don't remember the name of it. I am not sure, but I think I just used it during the night. I used it for two or three weeks, until I was more able to get up and around. I never really iced much.
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@saeternes, the VacuEase Portable DVT Device may have been useful for me because I also have lymphedema and have issues with the leg and ankle swelling on the leg with the TKR. It was a week or so before I could start wearing my compression socks again. Looks like an easy to use devices – https://vasocare.com/clinical-studies/vascuease-portable-dvt-device/.

For the icing down I used flexible cold packs and kept changing them out when needed as I have 4 of them (2 large and 2 smaller). Here's the ones I used – https://www.amazon.com/FlexiKold-Gel-Pack-Standard-Large/dp/B076PG75QJ/ref=sr_1_4