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1 day ago · TKR: Raised toilet seat, railings, walker, wedge pillow, cyro-cuff? in Joint Replacements

Ouch! Must have been just about as much fun as I had when a dentist in Switzerland would not give me Novocain while probing inside an incisor to see whether the nerve was alive or dead. (It was alive!!!). Proceeded to do a root canal without anesthesia.

1 day ago · TKR: Raised toilet seat, railings, walker, wedge pillow, cyro-cuff? in Joint Replacements

@saeternes: I really should first look up info regarding nerve ablation, but since you have first hand experience (uncomfortable, I get it), what exactly was the reasoning to do this prior to TKR? I know that some nerves will be cut during the surgery, unavoidably, and most (?) are supposed to regenerate eventually. Mine – no idea which were cut – all seemed to come back within a fairly short period. If I remember correctly, by the time I stopped PT, around 12 weeks or so, I had no more dead spots around the knee, all the feeling had come back 100%. Therapist did say that this is not really the norm, but not that exceptional either. Was your procedure connected to the Mako surgery? I had a hurry-up, get it done, plain-jane standard knee replacement because of time constraints. Yes, sounds absolutely crazy and stupid, but not knowing better at the time, I’m glad it worked out just fine, anyway. Not a walk in the park by any means, but I toughed it out. Made up for exquisite techniques by gritting teeth, and working my butt off. Wish I could take a selfie of my bent knees in comparison – you’d be hard pressed to tell which one is the artificial one!

1 day ago · TKR: Compression socks thigh high in Joint Replacements

@lk3xs : I’m with Justin – I am sure I had to wear compression socks for 2 weeks, perhaps even 3. It’s been a while since my TKR. Definitely not 6 weeks. It took me a few days to get the hang of taking off for showers, and putting them back on, but all in all it wasn’t really bad. More of a nuisance than a problem. If you have really short legs, there are knee-high compression socks, those might come up high enough above the knee for you?

3 days ago · TKR: Raised toilet seat, railings, walker, wedge pillow, cyro-cuff? in Joint Replacements

@saeternes: I wish you great success with your upcoming surgery. Yes, being in shape – I also have kept in shape all my life – should make a big difference. There are exceptions, e.g. a friend of a friend in her 70’s had TKR, being quite fat, and a total couch potato, and had the fastest recovery without any prescription pain relievers at all. That’s the outlier, though!!!!!
I commend you for learning as much as possible beforehand – this website is incredibly helpful with comments from “real” people. Wish I had found this source before my decision when and by whom to have surgery. Luckily I came through with average pain, fairly fast recovery and speedy rehab. It helped that I was both compliant with all PT instructions, and that I am just plain stubborn and hate being stuck indoors at home.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to progress reports once you have your new knee.

5 days ago · TKR: Raised toilet seat, railings, walker, wedge pillow, cyro-cuff? in Joint Replacements

@saeternes: that’s a toughie, both because I did not keep notes, and because I live in an environment with few if any stairs. I do know that at the 4 months mark I was walking up to the 3rd. floor of a hotel multiple times daily, and was able to travel on my own with a full size suitcase, boarding old-fashioned 3-step-up trains in less than ideal conditions (snow on the platforms). If I would need to guess, I would say roughly 10 weeks after surgery was when the going up and, more important for me, the going down, of stairs was pretty manageable. Still holding on to railing for safety, but not to pull my weight upward. I think that the more opportunities you have to practice the stairs, the easier and faster the mastery should be.
Note: the mentioned hotel did of course have an elevator, but I took the stairs for the (knee) exercise.

Thu, Nov 7 7:18pm · TKR: Raised toilet seat, railings, walker, wedge pillow, cyro-cuff? in Joint Replacements

@contentandwell : sort of ditto in the other direction: I can’t remember my ROM ever being less than 105 (day after surgery). Last official measurement 135. I’m pretty sure more now.

Thu, Nov 7 6:16pm · TKR: Raised toilet seat, railings, walker, wedge pillow, cyro-cuff? in Joint Replacements

Different things. Leg extensions are usually the exercises you think of: with towel. On bed, floor, yoga mat…. what I was referring to was extended straight leg stress, as in keeping your knee as flat and straight as possible, e.g. between chair and side table, or preferably between flat plane and elevated point. Basically, get the leg straight, with some elevation, and wait until it really hurts. Or not. But do this 1 hour total per day as my PT demanded. No movement, just static stretch. Guess you’d call them passive leg extensions?

Thu, Nov 7 8:19am · TKR: Raised toilet seat, railings, walker, wedge pillow, cyro-cuff? in Joint Replacements

@lk3xs: I get your wish for more extra high/handicap toilets for senior and handicap places. How about the unfortunate fact that pretty much ALL toilets in airports and some other public places are X-low? Not the most fun thing to use when you are already short on space because of a suitcase/duffel/large purse in the narrow stall with you!