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beatricefay
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After knee replacement surgery

Posted by @beatricefay, Jun 16, 2016

Had left knee replaced 9 days ago. Right knee two years ago. Having a problem with inflammation so hard to bend knee and exercise. Trying to ice and raise knee above heart. Doctor suggested getting compression hose. Anybody have this experience and can offer suggestions. So tired all the time from pain interrupting my sleep and painkillers. My insurance refused to pay for the painkiller recommended by surgeon so have to take one with more opiates. That’s frustrating. Two years ago it was covered but now too expensive for me to use. Seems the drug companies, not our doctors are determining what we use.

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Kelsey Mohring
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Posted by @kelseydm, Jun 16, 2016

Hi @beatricefay. Sorry to hear you are having a difficult recovery process! Here are two existing threads on Connect that you might find interesting: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/knee-replacement-with-osteopenia-and-osteoporosis/ and https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/im-having-knee-replacement-l-on-june-20th-any-suggestions-on-how/. I think you’ll find the second one particularly helpful.

I’m also tagging @dawn_giacabazi, @mendeztrumpet, @niazumbanut, @dorsey, @julieannejp and @flor who have posted about knee replacement in the past and should be able to provide some insights and support.

Here’s hoping your recovery takes a turn! Please keep us updated on your progress.


Dawn, Volunteer Mentor
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Posted by @dawn_giacabazi, Jun 16, 2016

Hi Beatrice!! I had right knee done. Make sure you ice ice ice.


niazumbanut
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Posted by @niazumbanut, Jun 16, 2016

Beatricefay, I had a total knee replaced many years ago and it took me a year to fully recover. I was especially bothered with night demons ( pain) and Mayo said take Tylenol ( I wanted to “kill” Mayo) .My wife had total knee replacement went back to work in a week and 95% recovered in 6 months…she’s 5′ couch potato, I’m 6’2″ athletic but we KNOW women are stronger than men. BUT after a year I fully recover and after 10 years or more I take cardio dance and/or Zumba classes daily ( sometimes twice a day). My last visit to Mayo for review showed no wear on the prosthesis…I was very concerned with all my dancing. My doctor at Mayo told me to keep doing what I’m doing. So be compassionate with yourself, things will get better! Everyone’s recovery is different. Also review Mayo websites and Mayo on Youtube for knee replacement protocols.Best to you,I UNDERSTAND.


beatricefay
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Posted by @beatricefay, Jun 18, 2016

Hi niazumbanut, You sound like you and your wife are doing great. I couldn’t imagine returning to work after a week. Amazing. I know that with patience things will improve but for now it’s difficult. My knee is still swollen but I feel like I’m getting around a little better. I tried support hose yesterday but the pressure hurt my wound too much so I’ll have to wait to try that again. Would love to sleep through the night as I feel tired all of the time. Thanks for your kind words of support. Keep on dancing. That used to be a great pleasure for me.


Kelsey Mohring
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Posted by @kelseydm, Jun 16, 2016

Thanks @niazumbanut. Great advice! @beatricefay, here are links to some of the resources he references: http://bit.ly/1rsgxhw, http://mayocl.in/1UlrM5K, http://bit.ly/1YugeQJ. Hope these help!


niazumbanut
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Posted by @niazumbanut, Jun 16, 2016

One other thing I forgot to mention…elevate your legs…helps with pain/swelling and its a good thing to do every day for relaxation and health. As a yoga practitioner we call this legs up the wall. Below is link on how its done.If you can’t do the posture, raise legs as high as possible above heart. Be sure to use a pillow or blanket under neck to keep you head from tilting back if needed…be comfortable and not intimidated by the posture…my hamstrings are very tight so I have to position my legs somewhat off the wall…experiment and be COMFORTABLE, its a restorative pose.You may also want to use an eye pillow or even a bandanna to decrease the light and increase relation. More info. contact me…its my pleasure to share. Also link for eye pillow.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjJk-2d_6zNAhXIax4KHUVxBOIQFggkMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLavender-Meditation-Relaxation-Sleeping-Yourself%2Fdp%2FB00GWOJ9UU&usg=AFQjCNFSInOAYlkOLjNev7Umkeh_4c4jJg&sig2=KYNd3vXq8eyG2NWuJ0RVWg

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beatricefay
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Posted by @beatricefay, Jun 18, 2016

Thanks for the advice, I’ve been icing and raising my legs in bed but find they start hurting after a short time. I bought support hose yesterday which was recommended by my doctor. I had it on for about an hour but it hurt my wound too much. Think I’ll wait till the wound is more healed, then try again. I see it will be a slow, painful process.

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niazumbanut
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Posted by @niazumbanut, Jun 18, 2016

It will get better,again just be compassionate with yourself.

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ronnie3716
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Posted by @ronnie3716, Jun 20, 2016

I have a total knee replacement tomorrow. I’m pretty nervous. So many people respond immediately with
“The first two weeks are the worst, filled with pain” . Nice of them to share : /
Those of you who’ve had it, are those first two weeks really so bad?
Thank you for the video with legs raised against wall, super helpful.


gailfaith
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Posted by @gailfaith, Jun 20, 2016

Hi. My knees are now 10 and 12 years old. And I had it back when they used the passive motion machine so that made it easy, but if you can get to a gym and sit on a stationary bike, and adjust the seat (low) so when you peddle is stretches (bends) the knee a wee bit, then keep lowing the seat as you can. That works as your passive machine. Do it several times a day if you can. for 10-15 minutes at a time. I ended up with 132 degrees of bend, !!!!!!!! , and walked without pain almost from the start. Best wishes. @gailfaith


blswilliams
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Posted by @blswilliams, Jun 20, 2016

Well we should never lie to anyone about the pain. It aint no picnic. BUT, mine was a completely different pain. It was from the actual surgery and you have to remember, that does get well. Good luck ronnie3716. You’ll be on your feet again soon.


flor
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Posted by @flor, Jun 21, 2016

Dont worry I dont know if you believe in God . If you do just put yourself
in his hands and ask him to be with you during this ntime and help you. Do
whatever the Dr. tells you and it will be fine. Best wishes and hope you
can tell us how it went.


cheris
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Posted by @cheris, Wed, Jan 4 3:02pm

Hi, I had total knee replacement 8 months ago. Then again 4 weeks ago. The first time around pain and swelling making exercise and moving very difficult. Ended going to PT for several weeks. As for pain after, just some small discomfort but nothing I would call terrible. this time around, minimal swelling and as far and walking and getting around weeks ahead from where I was last time. So I think it is just different for all of us.


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Posted by @tallteri, Wed, Jan 4 6:59pm

So happy for you! Did the same surgeon preform your 2nd Surgery ? Were you given any reason for the difference in outcome?
I will be having a revision (replacement) 2 1/2 years after 1st replacement. In the next few months.


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Posted by @amberpep, Fri, Jan 6 9:12am

That’s great …. it’s interesting because when I had my RTKR done it hurt right from the get-go. But, when about 1-2 years later he did a revision on the same knee …. I think it’s better than it’s been for many years.
Abby

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