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Sat, May 18 9:34pm · Recovery from Multiple Surgeries in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I have OA and both knees were in bad shape. I had a right TKR last May 2018 and recovery from that went well.In August 2018, I fell because of my weak left knee. I then had to have shoulder surgery in October 2018 to repair a torn bicep and 3 torn tendons in my right shoulder. I found that recovery to be much more painful and I still have pain in my bicep muscle. I scheduled my left TKR for this coming August 2019. Then I took another fall as I was walking down the stairs in March 2019. My weak left knee gave out again and I ended up jamming my shoulder into my neck, which I am in physical therapy for, at the moment. (My insurance only allows me to work on one body part at a time in PT.) I also have two partially torn rotator cuffs in my left shoulder as a result of that fall. The shoulder surgeon says that the tears will not heal and that I need to have surgery to repair them after my left TKR. So, in less than a year and a half, I will have had 3 major surgeries and a 4th within two years. Needless to say, this has taken a toll on my body. I am anemic, have a B12 deficiency, tire very easily, and see a pain management doctor for chronic pain. I have also signed up for a low impact water class, that helps with range of motion, strengthening, and balance which really wears me out and leaves me sore. I have several questions. Has anyone else had this many surgeries in such a short period of time and will I ever fully heal after all that. I have been out of work for over a year and am working on getting disability.I was turned down and have just gotten a lawyer. I am on long term leave of absence from work. My shoulder surgeon wrote me a note saying "no full work duty until further evaluation." Work wants to know when my next appointment is and I don't have one, because I have to wait until I have my knee surgery. How do I give work an answer to that question? It is also just me and I have had to rely a lot on friends for help. Friends were awesome the first surgery, less enthusiastic the second surgery, and now it is to the point I don't want people to ask how I am because there is too much going on and I am getting embarrassed to give any other answer than "fine." I am getting to a point where I feel like I have no one to talk to that understands and am a touch overwhelmed.

Sat, May 18 8:45pm · Dental Antibiotics after TKR in Joint Replacements

Hi @doodles418 I had my right TKR last May and my surgeon made it very clear that I would have to take an antibiotic before any dental procedure for the rest of my life. He even sent instructions to my dentist. I take 2000 mgs of amoxicillin an hour before my appointments.

Sun, Mar 17 9:00pm · Average level of pain after TKR? in Joint Replacements

@ellerbracke I am 10 months out of my TKR and the nerves are still healing, which I am told is normal. My knee gets stiff. I also need to have my let knee replaced which has thrown my gait off and I have all sorts of aches and pains. Compared to the pain during recovery, this is tolerable. I do want to quote my PT. I was talking about being stiff one day this past winter and he said "You are now a walking barometer." The new knee will never feel like the original knee when it was at it's prime, but I can tell a difference in the stability. After falling more times than I can count in the past few years, I just want to be stable on my feet. Falling after 30 hurts a lot more! 😀 It has changed my lifestyle quite a bit. I used to be on my feet at work all day going top speed, non-stop. I am no longer able to do that. I have had to slow down my pace.

Sun, Mar 17 8:42pm · Knee #2- am I ready? in Joint Replacements

I hear of people getting these injections all the time. February of 2018, my right knee began to lock up and I went to the orthopedic. They submitted the paperwork for the orthovisc injections. I was told that it would take several weeks. They tried a few other brands that were cheaper when the insurance company denied the medication. Finally on April 28, 2018, my leg locked up and gave up the fight. When I went to see the doctor, I was told the shots were no longer an option and was scheduled for a TKR in 12 days. The same thing has happened with my left knee. In October, they tried to get the injections so that my left knee would be more stable as I recovered from shoulder surgery. It is now March 2019 and they have yet to approve it. So, I will be scheduling my left TKR and am hoping to wait until August. Insurance companies can be frustrating to say the least.

Sun, Mar 17 6:46pm · Knee #2- am I ready? in Joint Replacements

@contentandwell I see that you were able to get the synvisc shots. I tried to do that for both knees ( not at the same time) and my insurance refused to pay for them. I found that to be very frustrating. I will be scheduling my left knee this week.

Sat, Mar 16 3:31pm · Knee #2- am I ready? in Joint Replacements

@amytro I know every person and every surgery is different, but I thought I would share my experience with you. In my opinion I would wait several months if you are able. I had my TKR in May 2017 and like you my old knee took a beating because it was the stabilizing leg. I too was going to have the other knee replaced as soon as I recovered. However, in August, I fell and landed on my new knee and my shoulder. My new knee was fine, but in September, I realized that something was wrong with my shoulder. I went to see a shoulder specialist and found out that I had torn 3 tendons and my bicep muscle. I was scheduled for surgery in October and was released from the knee surgeon even though I was still in PT. I had surgery on my shoulder and they had to repair a good bit of damage due to the fall and arthritis. The span between the 2 surgeries was 5 months. I had a much harder time recovering from my shoulder surgery. Major surgery is a trauma to the body and in my case, I feel needed more recovery time. I was exhausted all the time and after some testing, I recently found out that I was anemic and my B12 levels were very low. I have to wonder if having the 2 surgeries so close together was a factor. I just started taking B12 injections and a high dose of iron. I will be retested in 6 months. I will be cleared from my shoulder surgeon soon and now have gone back to the knee surgeon. I am going to try and schedule my knee surgery in August. This will give me 10 months to recovery from my shoulder surgery and will give my body a chance to raise the iron and B12 levels. I wish I could have waited a few months in between the knee and shoulder surgery, but I had to have the shoulder surgery or I would have risked losing range of motion in my arm. Discuss it with your doctor. Everyone is different. My body just needed a little more time to heal. Good luck to you. Let us know what you decide. I am also interested to see how your second operation goes, since I am about to schedule mine next week.

Thu, Mar 14 9:00pm · Has anyone had a tight band feeling after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

Thanks @scgraham. That is a lot different than what I felt. I wanted to be sure that I was understanding what "tight band" meant. Each surgery can be different for everyone. I am getting ready to have my other knee replaced in a few months. I am hoping it goes as well as the first one, but I have also had major shoulder surgery in between and I had a hard time during the operation and recovering from that. I am a bit nervous about it. I am sorry to hear that you have that much pain. When I was having a lot of pain with my shoulder, I read about dry needling, but never had to have it. I hope you find something that will ease your pain and give you some relief.

Thu, Mar 14 7:14pm · Sleep! How are you doing? in Joint Replacements

Hi @amytro. You sound very normal to me. I had my TKR in May 2018 and it I was sleepy as well. I think there were a few reasons for this and I believe I read about this as well. First of all surgery is a trauma to the body and sleep helps it to heal. I woke up a lot a night because I was uncomfortable. I hated that immobilizer that they make you wear. The compression stockings and the immobilizer made me hot. I am also a side sleeper and hated being on my back and not being able to bend my knee. Because of the way I had to sleep, I was not as comfortable and not as rested when I woke up. Doing PT wears you out!! For a while I would go to PT, walk in the door, and collapse on the couch. Also, getting around after a knee replacement is a lot harder. It takes a lot more out of you. Then the pain meds made me tired as well. It takes a while for you to build up your stamina. I had the pleasure of falling and landing on my shoulder while recovering from my TKR. So I had to have another major surgery in October to repair 3 tendons and a torn bicep. I am sleeping better now, but still not where I used to be. I still have trouble getting comfortable at night and I need a nap most every day. And now I am getting ready to schedule the other knee. One of these days I hope to get back to a normal sleep pattern. LOL!! Hope you get back to your normal sleep schedule soon!