Having knee replacement: how to prepare and questions about PT

Posted by ronnie3716 @ronnie3716, May 1, 2016

I’m having knee replacement (L) on June 20th.
Any suggestions on how to get ready for it?
How soon does physical therapy start after one gets home?

@babette

@contentandwell I was going to post today and I'm glad you nudged me! I'm on day 13 and had a great surgery experience and hospital stay. It's completely different, in a good way, this time! I had a nerve block/spinal and woke up with my head clear as a bell, so I highly recommend that. I do have pain and the surgeon wants me to wean from the narcotics so I have some trepidation… We'll talk on November 6 when I see him to have my sutchers removed. I'm lucky to have the same PT coming to my house 3X per weekend; she really motivates me, which I need! And, assuming I can drive at 4 weeks, I'll transfer to an outpatient PT facility I really like. So things are going really well. Thanks for asking! 🙂

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Awesome
Is your range of motion quite different than the first time?

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At exactly 2 weeks out, my range of motion is much better than it was the first time around: 0 – 110.

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@babette

At exactly 2 weeks out, my range of motion is much better than it was the first time around: 0 – 110.

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@babette it really makes me happy to hear how much better things are for you now. What a tremendous relief for you.
JK

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