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Nov 6, 2017 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Sorry to hear both of you have had such bad experiences. I had a hip replacement 14 years ago…..my doctor did the posterior incision. I had an easy time recovering, but of course I was 14 years younger then.
Pat

Nov 6, 2017 · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

Ouch! My sympathy. My husband (82) broke a femur in a bike accident last summer. It was a very bad break (7 pieces!) and he was not allowed to bear weight for 6 weeks. The knee was placed in an immobilizer (such as they use for knee surgery) for the first 4 weeks. After that he still couldn’t bear weight on it, but was able to start some physical therapy. Are you allowed to wiggle your toes or anything? Moving the knee was painful for him at first, but he now has most of his range of movement back, and was allowed to start minimal weight bearing at 6 weeks. He has a plate and 13 screws in holding the pieces together. Hopefully the new bone will grow quickly. He was able to use a walker during the time he couldn’t put any weight on it. I definitely think you could use some HUGS, so I am sending a virtual one right now.
Pat

Jul 31, 2017 · Femur fracture healing process in Bones, Joints & Muscles

My husband had a bike accident and fractured his femur (complicated surgery, seven breaks, inserted a plate and 13 screws.) He is in an immobilizer and uses a walker, but is not allowed to put any weight on the affected leg. The surgeon will xray again 6 weeks after the accident. I am wondering about the bone rebuilding process….how fast (slow) can we expect and what factors lead to faster healing. We are pushing protein but he is 82 (very active up until now.)

Mar 12, 2017 · Knee and muscle pain; also a 14 year old hip replacement...related? in Joint Replacements

The rehab center and my physical therapist talked about a goal of 120 degrees. When I had my staples out, the orthopedic assistant looked up some data on my implant (Zimmer nexgen) and found out that the implant was designed for up to 155 degrees. Didn’t say anything about whether that was after it had been implanted in a real person!

Mar 3, 2017 · Knee and muscle pain; also a 14 year old hip replacement...related? in Joint Replacements

Hello all. I am now on the other side of the mountain and heading downhill! Had TKR on Feb. 21. Talked with anesthesiologist in the “holding room. After explaining my concerns we agreed on spinal, femoral nerve block and light sedation…I’m not sure what he used but he said OK, no VERSED. I didn’t have problems post-op, although I noticed a few times that I was not as quick as usual.
3 nights in the hospital, then transferred to rehab center with great reputation for physical therapy….they are great…sometimes 4 sessions per day (2 PGT, 2 OT) I have now been here a week and will go home in 2 days. Continuing outpatient therapy is already scheduled with a PT I saw prior to surgery.

The PTs here have been extremely pleased with my progress and even my status on the very first day. I attribute that to the fact that I had been doing most of the exercises to strengthen legs and knee for at least a month prior to surgery. When I arrived at rehab I already was at a bend of 85 degrees and am now up to 106. The therapy is not as bad as I expected…..the worst is the few minutes when you try to achieve the maximum bend.

I know improvement will continue to be gradual and expect it to be at least a year to get to maximum. Actually my hip kept gradually improving for a full two years.
Best wishes to any of you contemplating total knee replacement!

Feb 15, 2017 · Knee and muscle pain; also a 14 year old hip replacement...related? in Joint Replacements

Update: I met with the surgeon on Feb. 8 and came out with an OR date of Feb. 21!! So I have been busy running around getting a pre-op check (have you ever had your nose swabbed to check for MRSA??), have a dental appointment tomorrow and a haircut Friday. Also went (with husband) to an orientation session for patients due to have TKR or THR. I was unable to get an appointment with an anesthesiologist, because there are multiple ORs at the hospital and apparently the anesthesiologists are not assigned until the morning of surgery. However, the surgeon’s assistant called anesthesiology while I was still at my appt. and informed him/her of my concerns. And I will not leave the “holding room” until I have looked him in the eye!!

Current plan is to have a spinal with a femoral nerve block and light sedation. Following surgery I will be in the hospital 3 nights and then transfer to a rehab center (we toured it today). I intend to be the Little Train who kept saying “I think I can, I think I can” until he made it to the top of the hill!

Feb 6, 2017 · Anesthesia types and effect on cognitive function in elderly persons in Brain & Nervous System

Thanks! Any reason you did epidural rather than spinal? The femoral block is a great idea.