After knee replacement surgery

Posted by beatricefay @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.

I have not been in the bathtub for about 8 years. When I first moved into my condo, I was rattled after a horrific divorce, so that evening I decided to take a nice, warm, smell-good bath. It was wonderful. BUT, when I went to get out, the bottom of the tub (a deep soaking tub) was slippery, and I couldn’t get out. There I sat, new to the place, and the only person who had a key to my condo was my 29 year old son, who was about an hour away. OMG! The thought of my son helping me get out of the bathtub, totally naked, was horrifying, let alone embarrassing. Somehow, by doing my hippopotamus move, and I don’t know what else, I made it out, very thankful. That was the end of my wonderful soaking tub! I cleaned it and it then became the place where I stored my off-season clothing in plastic tubs. It’s showers for this old gal ever since.
Abby

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@ronnie3716

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.

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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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@colleenyoung

Excellent question @omega. I moved your message to this ongoing discussion so that you can meet others who are talking about post surgerical pain, rehabilitation and more. I recommend you read the discussion from the beginning https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/after-knee-replacement-surgery, then ask your questions. As you can see there are quite a few members who have experience with knee replacements.

Welcome to the community!

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Oh, you sure aren’t. I think we should form a group of folks who had a TKR, and call ourselves ….. “the real weather reporters.” We’d probably do at least as well as the pros.!
Abby

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@amberpep

Computer literate ….. hmmmmm ….. well, I can open it, start it, do e-mail …..and search for things, but that’s about it. Phone wise … well, that’s another issue. About 1-1/2 years ago (just before I moved here) my “flip phone” fell in the cat’s water dish. So, I went to get another and what I got was what they said was the next one made after the flip phone. Well, to me it’s one of those new fangled things that has so much stuff in it that just looking at it makes me dizzy. I tried for over a month to use it and finally in total frustration gave up, put it back in the box, went on Amazon and got a new “flip phone” and had my son transfer all my info. to it. That’s what I use. So, you see ……. a teckie I’m not. I suspect the day may come when I just won’t be able to use any of this new stuff, but it is what it is.
Are you doing a lot of walking? That’s the best exercise you can do for your entire body ….. good for you. My little street is 2 duplex sets long and goes right out onto a highway, so I’d have to drive somewhere to do any decent walking. I do have a small stepper here which I use, but walking is sure a whole lot more fun! I’m sorry I didn’t see your other post about your project, but 19 miles is wonderful! Wow! You must have a pedometer. I had one but it got lost in the shuffle of moving. Probably should get another. There are actual walking trails at the place where I lived in MD, all marked with half mile markers, etc. That was great. I’d take my little dog and she and I went out and trotted right along ……. then came home and collapsed!
Take care,
abby

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Oh yea, I’ve been following along with your walking ….. it’s fantastic. I’m hoping to move to a lower-income housing apartment within a few months, and there are a lot of places to walk … that’s the best exercise ever! When I went back to PT for the balance thing, it did really help, but I find I still have to be careful, and (I think I mentioned this bit of craziness before) not be so “shushlich”. I’ve always been one to scurry around doing things, zipping here and there. Can do no more! That’s a real setup for me to plop.
Abby

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@ronnie3716

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.

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The only thing I could think of was that I did fall on my kitchen floor about 2 weeks after getting home from Rehab. Now whether that loosened it or not, who knows. But, the revision has worked out beautifully! I could not be more pleased. And, yes, my same Surgeon did the revision. He’s an excellent surgeon in that area and I felt total confidence in him.
Abby

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@amberpep

I have not been in the bathtub for about 8 years. When I first moved into my condo, I was rattled after a horrific divorce, so that evening I decided to take a nice, warm, smell-good bath. It was wonderful. BUT, when I went to get out, the bottom of the tub (a deep soaking tub) was slippery, and I couldn’t get out. There I sat, new to the place, and the only person who had a key to my condo was my 29 year old son, who was about an hour away. OMG! The thought of my son helping me get out of the bathtub, totally naked, was horrifying, let alone embarrassing. Somehow, by doing my hippopotamus move, and I don’t know what else, I made it out, very thankful. That was the end of my wonderful soaking tub! I cleaned it and it then became the place where I stored my off-season clothing in plastic tubs. It’s showers for this old gal ever since.
Abby

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Hii Abby…… It is a shame you can’t enjoy your tub. One: get a rubber mat with suction cups on the bottom to stop the tub bottom from being slippery. Must drug stores have these.

Secondly: get a local medical supply place to install grab bars. They can probably suggest where and how to place them so you can get the leverage you need to get out unassisted. When at Mayo I stayed what was then a Best Western Hotel and I had asked for a handicapped room. Along side of the toilet was a horizontal grab bar, but slightly ahead of that was a vertical grab bar. that started at the level of the grab horizontal bar,but rose to about a 1-2 feet above it’s start. It made getting up SOOOOO much easier. I love it now when I go to pubic rest rooms and they have both the horizontal bar as well as the vertical one! You may want such a set up near the tub also. Of course you will have to find a new place to store your off season clothes! But sometimes they mount the vertical bar above,the horizontal bar, but it need so be further away to pull yourself away from the where you are getting up. Also if the grab bars are slippery with wet hands. lay a wet face cloth over the bar and you’ll be surprised much traction you will get. @gailfaith.

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@amberpep

I have not been in the bathtub for about 8 years. When I first moved into my condo, I was rattled after a horrific divorce, so that evening I decided to take a nice, warm, smell-good bath. It was wonderful. BUT, when I went to get out, the bottom of the tub (a deep soaking tub) was slippery, and I couldn’t get out. There I sat, new to the place, and the only person who had a key to my condo was my 29 year old son, who was about an hour away. OMG! The thought of my son helping me get out of the bathtub, totally naked, was horrifying, let alone embarrassing. Somehow, by doing my hippopotamus move, and I don’t know what else, I made it out, very thankful. That was the end of my wonderful soaking tub! I cleaned it and it then became the place where I stored my off-season clothing in plastic tubs. It’s showers for this old gal ever since.
Abby

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All really good ideas … but I’m renting and for the grab bars, I would have to go through the office to get their permission. I’ve never been much of a bath taker …. I take showers …. I guess I’m impatient to git’ er’ done and git’ out.
Abby

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@beatricefay

Hi gailfaith, niazumbanut, ronnie3716,
Good luck to ronnie3716 on your upcoming knee replacement. Keep us up to date on your progress. Thanks to gailfaith and niazumbanut for your support and good suggestions. I’m now doing home health PT but want to start out patient PT next week. I’m trying to decrease pain meds but sleeping through the night is still challenging. I know I have to give it time. beatricefay

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Sending positive energy your way!

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@amberpep

I have not been in the bathtub for about 8 years. When I first moved into my condo, I was rattled after a horrific divorce, so that evening I decided to take a nice, warm, smell-good bath. It was wonderful. BUT, when I went to get out, the bottom of the tub (a deep soaking tub) was slippery, and I couldn’t get out. There I sat, new to the place, and the only person who had a key to my condo was my 29 year old son, who was about an hour away. OMG! The thought of my son helping me get out of the bathtub, totally naked, was horrifying, let alone embarrassing. Somehow, by doing my hippopotamus move, and I don’t know what else, I made it out, very thankful. That was the end of my wonderful soaking tub! I cleaned it and it then became the place where I stored my off-season clothing in plastic tubs. It’s showers for this old gal ever since.
Abby

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Hi Abby…..If you are not planning on moving in the near future, I’m sure they would let you put in grab bars…….especially if you agreed to leave them should you move, it would be to THEIR advantage for you to get them installed. Worth asking. But don’t agree to anything right off the bat. Anything that would prevent a possible lawsuit should you fall !!!!!!!!! @ gailfaith.

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@amberpep

I have not been in the bathtub for about 8 years. When I first moved into my condo, I was rattled after a horrific divorce, so that evening I decided to take a nice, warm, smell-good bath. It was wonderful. BUT, when I went to get out, the bottom of the tub (a deep soaking tub) was slippery, and I couldn’t get out. There I sat, new to the place, and the only person who had a key to my condo was my 29 year old son, who was about an hour away. OMG! The thought of my son helping me get out of the bathtub, totally naked, was horrifying, let alone embarrassing. Somehow, by doing my hippopotamus move, and I don’t know what else, I made it out, very thankful. That was the end of my wonderful soaking tub! I cleaned it and it then became the place where I stored my off-season clothing in plastic tubs. It’s showers for this old gal ever since.
Abby

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Hi there! Thanks for the advice …. it is definitely something I’ll keep in mind. It’s a strange situation I’m in. I lived in a different state, in a town I loved, up until a little over a year ago …. I was in that county for 35 years. I divorced after 40 years, and bought my own condo …. same area. Two of my 3 kids live here and had been hounding me to move down here for years, and I did not want to. I loved where I was at, all my support systems are there, and I was very happy. But, finally, knowing I was not getting any younger, I decided to move down here closer to my 2 girls and their families. It was rough, to say the least. I often liken it to taking an old established tree, yanking it out of the ground, and replanting it in a foreign country …. it may or may not survive. Well, I really do not like it down here at all, although my girls are delighted and as sweet as they can be. But, this isn’t really “home” at this point. I keep trying, but it’s so totally different from what I was used to that I rarely go anywhere, except the grocery store, bank, and gas station. Add to that the apartment I am renting is expensive, thus I am applying at a low income apartment complex …. another change. So, I’ve applied for a first floor apartment, and all their first floor ones are handicapped accessible, they don’t have grab bars ….. so your input is very valuable to me and I thank you. I’ve told my girls that I will give this area another shot by moving to these other apartments, but if I am still this unhappy and struggling, I will move back to my condo. which I am now renting out. And, to add to the mix I deal with Bipolar II/depression all the time. I’ve been being treated for years, so it’s not something new. I’m sorry to go into such a long spiel about this, but it’s a very sensitive subject for me. I love my girls dearly, and they me, but I feel like a fish out of water. I have not been able to find a church that fits, the neighbors are very few and stick to themselves, and I just generally live sad. (sorry about the pity party) But, I’ll give it another go, but I can’t do more than that. I don’t want my last years to be living in never-ending sadness.
Abby

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Hi Abby,…..I give up. I had 3 notes written to you and they all disappeared just before I was ready to send them. Where did you live before your move, and where now? I was raised in NY jut north of the city. Then in 1986 I was moved to Doylestown, PA during a company merger. Then in 2010 I moved to Lititz, PA just north of Lancaster PA, to a retirement community. My college roommate lives only a few miles away. I have no family left except for a few distant cousins, (distant in relationships and geographically). I have been disabled due to a doctor’s mistake in 2006. Hence the retirement community.

I am going to sentdthis before I lose this also!

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@gailfaith

Hi Abby,…..I give up. I had 3 notes written to you and they all disappeared just before I was ready to send them. Where did you live before your move, and where now? I was raised in NY jut north of the city. Then in 1986 I was moved to Doylestown, PA during a company merger. Then in 2010 I moved to Lititz, PA just north of Lancaster PA, to a retirement community. My college roommate lives only a few miles away. I have no family left except for a few distant cousins, (distant in relationships and geographically). I have been disabled due to a doctor’s mistake in 2006. Hence the retirement community.

I am going to sentdthis before I lose this also!

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Wow, we were very close to each other at times. I was born in Phila. PA, moved to Reading with my parents when I was 5, married at 21 and we moved to Lancaster, PA (lived on W. Walnut St.) and I worked at the Hamilton Watch Company as the Assistant to the Company Psychologist. Then when my husband graduated from college, we moved to Gaithersburg, MD …. 3 years later we bought land and built our house which was on an acre of what they call “climactic forest” meaning the trees had never been cut ….. enormous oaks, maples, etc. That was in Mt. Airy, MD in Frederick County. We were there for 30 years, til we separated and I moved to my condo in Frederick city, where I was for 12 years, til I relented and moved down here …. Harrisonburg, VA. I’m looking at getting into a low income apartment in Stuart’s Draft, just south of here. I have not liked living here at all and it’s been over a year; I told my girls that if I don’t feel “at home” should I move to the other apartments …. and I’ll give it a good go ….. I am going back to my condo in Frederick. Right now I am renting it out through a Property Manager.
Abby

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@gailfaith

Hi Abby,…..I give up. I had 3 notes written to you and they all disappeared just before I was ready to send them. Where did you live before your move, and where now? I was raised in NY jut north of the city. Then in 1986 I was moved to Doylestown, PA during a company merger. Then in 2010 I moved to Lititz, PA just north of Lancaster PA, to a retirement community. My college roommate lives only a few miles away. I have no family left except for a few distant cousins, (distant in relationships and geographically). I have been disabled due to a doctor’s mistake in 2006. Hence the retirement community.

I am going to sentdthis before I lose this also!

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Hi Abby, Never even gave it a thought that you might have lived anywhere close….Maybe Canada, or such! With all places you’ve been, which is where you were most comfortable?. All places, at least for me have their pluses and minuses. When I moved to Doylestown I started doing physical exams for insurance companies at people’s homes so I knew that area as well as I knew Yonkers NY where I lived from age 6 to 50. And I always had a good sense of direction, but with age I have lost a lot of that ability;. Moving away from where you have family is a BIG decision. Now that I am handicapped due to a Dr’s mistake, I really miss family. Fortunately I have a great POA, but he and his wife live back in Montgomery Co. It is a pain to have to ask friends and neighbors for rides, etc. This community has on the campus Landis AT Home which is a visiting nurse service and when I stopped driving much more than 5 miles, I can pay them $21/hr but they wait for you and that adds up fast. And since we use my car, I “save” 65 cents per mile and at least my car gets to exercise its “muscles” occasionally. Fortunately most shops are within that range as are 2 of my doctors as well as Brian, my DPT. Brian is across the street from Isaac’s in Lititz. if you know that area. And I go with my neighbor with her for dentist visits. Well she was my neighbor until last week, as she moved out of her cottage to an apartment to save $ as her husband is now in assisted living. I was active until I curtailed my diving with the Lancaster Co. Emergency Management Agency and enjoyed that a lot, but most meetings are either too far now or at night. My “icon” with Connect was my dog, Tani, until he passed two ago years ago yesterday. He was a breed Champion with all of AKC’s obedience titles as well as two rally titles and two tracking titles, he was a certified therapy and hospice dog, a Reading Educational Assistant Dog, he became my service dog when I became disabled, and we were a Crisis Response team where we went to disasters to comfort survivors. As my service dog I think he laid awake at night thinking of things he could do for me . He taught himself things, that i, as a dog trainer, would have had no knowledge how to train him to do the things he came up with. I used to train guide dogs for the blind, that was only my hobby. Well I better quit before I lose this note also! @ gailfaith, or just Gail. Is Abby short for Abbagail? .

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@gailfaith

Hi Abby,…..I give up. I had 3 notes written to you and they all disappeared just before I was ready to send them. Where did you live before your move, and where now? I was raised in NY jut north of the city. Then in 1986 I was moved to Doylestown, PA during a company merger. Then in 2010 I moved to Lititz, PA just north of Lancaster PA, to a retirement community. My college roommate lives only a few miles away. I have no family left except for a few distant cousins, (distant in relationships and geographically). I have been disabled due to a doctor’s mistake in 2006. Hence the retirement community.

I am going to sentdthis before I lose this also!

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Wow, I wonder if our paths ever crossed as we made our ways through life?! Small world. Actually, “Abby” isn’t my real name. I use that because, as I said I’m divorced, and during that whole horrible time, my then husband hacked into my e-mails, made copies, and somehow thought he was going to use them against me. I have no idea how as there was nothing in them except a lot of sadness. He got stopped pronto by the Mediator when he told him, “you know that’s illegal ….. she could have you sued and charged for that.” So, I’ve just kept Abby because it’s a name I like. As to where I felt most comfortable ….. I loved living in Lancaster and really didn’t want to leave, especially heading to Gaithersburg, MD – a suburb of D.C. It was a totally different world! I enjoyed living in our house in Mt. Airy, as that is where I raised our 3 children. But as for true comfort, peace, and really feeling welcome and cared about … it was the 12 years I lived in Frederick in my condo. I absolutely loved it and it was a “safe place to fall” during and after my divorce …. my whole support system was there. That is why it was so very hard to leave, and while I still struggle with it …. I’m very conflicted. Amazing how when we’re young, we have no idea what lies ahead, and yet we forge on.
“Abby”

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@gailfaith

Hi Abby,…..I give up. I had 3 notes written to you and they all disappeared just before I was ready to send them. Where did you live before your move, and where now? I was raised in NY jut north of the city. Then in 1986 I was moved to Doylestown, PA during a company merger. Then in 2010 I moved to Lititz, PA just north of Lancaster PA, to a retirement community. My college roommate lives only a few miles away. I have no family left except for a few distant cousins, (distant in relationships and geographically). I have been disabled due to a doctor’s mistake in 2006. Hence the retirement community.

I am going to sentdthis before I lose this also!

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Hi Abby, Do still have any friends in Lancaster? How old are you now? Old enuf to be able to move into a retirement facility? Any in this area that you’d consider applying to? But of course I ask that with tongue in cheek as you SHOULD stay near your kids. NO doubt about that. Just recently with another health problem, I was wishing I still had ANY family. Friends are great but never as good as family. Gail

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