Ability to lift leg

Posted by llar @llar, Feb 28, 2019

I am 8 days post op from a total knee replacement. Some of the exercises recommended to me before leaving the hospital included lifting my foot while having a small pillow under my affected knee; another was to lift my leg from the hip. Repeat 10 times, 4 times a day. I have to use the gait belt to lift my leg at all. From standing, I am able to lift my leg slightly. I am 55 years old and had strong muscles in my legs going into this surgery. Is this normal? I feel they wouldn't recommend an exercise I will totally fail at. My first follow up is in another 5 days.

@kawi33

I'm going to have TKR in 2 months, I am doing the leg raises and stationary bike everyday, hopefully building up my strength before surgery. What did any of you do pre-op and do you feel that it helped post-op?

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@kawi33 Hi Katherine, Welcome to Connect! So glad you joined this group. I agree with the others – the more strength and flexibility you develop beforehand, the easier your life will be post-op. The physical therapist in the hospital told me that he could tell in 5 minutes the people who had prepared vs. those that didn't. I did the stationery bike, some strength training and some balance exercises. Not sure what your situation is, but my ortho surgeon at Mayo will happily write a prescription for "pre-hab" so that you are getting direction on specific exercises you need. If I were you, I would ask my orthopedic surgeon or his medical assistant if that is an option. If so, the insurance should pay for it. Can I ask where you are now in terms of mobility? On my first TKR, my knee was in such bad shape that I was literally on crutches prior to the surgery. That made exercise a bit more difficult.

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@kawi33

I'm going to have TKR in 2 months, I am doing the leg raises and stationary bike everyday, hopefully building up my strength before surgery. What did any of you do pre-op and do you feel that it helped post-op?

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Hi Katherine @kawi33 – Here is a great video that one of our Mayo mentors, @johnbishop shared. This is a terrific resource that outlines the 5 biggest problems physical therapist identify with their knee replacement patients. From my experience, it is right on point.

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@kawi33

I'm going to have TKR in 2 months, I am doing the leg raises and stationary bike everyday, hopefully building up my strength before surgery. What did any of you do pre-op and do you feel that it helped post-op?

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@kawi33 Katherine – Here is a second video that might be helpful. Again, my fellow mentor @johnbishop shared this so we can thank him for great information! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ-JspTqrHE

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@llar

The day after I posted this, I was able to slightly lift my leg and it has continued to improve. My only significant issue now is I can't sleep at night!! I'm not really in pain; I just can't get comfortable. Stopped taking the hydrocodone several days ago, but I might take some before bed and see if that helps?…

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Hi I understand where you are coming from, I too have difficulties sleeping at night, as you stated can't find a comfortable position. I had TKR on Jan.8,2019 had stiff knee. I then had MUA on Feb.27th still having problem with the knee. I have a fullness on my knee that feels like a tight rubber-band. This whole process has been very aggravating to me. I have an appointment with my surgeon on this week and I hope I get some answers for some relief.

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