My PT person has given me a number of home substitutes for their equipment including the idea you suggested as well as using a cookie sheet underfoot to do leg slides while on carpeting. Clever!
I have my 2 week post op appointment with the surgeon this Tuesday. Apparently all staples and sutures will be removed and X-rays taken. I look forward to the visit, his assessment of my healing and the chance to get some questions answered. At the top of my list of concerns: controlling swelling, range of motion, scar tissue formation and the most effective plan to manage those 3 simultaneously.
Being this is my first TKR my observations for success up to this point are:
1. Eat healthy meals and get as much sleep as possible.
2. Do the rehab! It hurts but is the only way to improve.
3. Take all your meds as prescribed. Drink plenty of water.
4. Get into a daily routine including, meals, meds, rest, rehab, ice, repeat.
5. Maintain a social life whether online or in person. Have friends over, go for car rides (as a passenger) etc. it’s a great diversion and very physically and mentally stimulating. You’ll be surprised!
Lastly, this is a marathon not a sprint. Listen closely to your body. Go slow but DO push yourself. Remember, the mind and body are amazing instruments and are often capable of far more than we understand.