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Fri, Feb 8 7:04am · Using a knee wedge after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

I had a partial knee replacement 34 days ago. No on told me NOT to put a pillow under my knee. I have slept every night with one. I have 138 degree range of motion and a negative 3 degree of extension. The PT people are pretty amazed and my surgeon acts like it is normal. I just ordered a between the leg pillow to take the pressure off of my lower back where I have disk problems. Everyone is different. Good luck and speedy recovery.

Tue, Jan 29 10:56am · When to start PT in Joint Replacements

That is sad. Running is the only thing I am better than average at. I use to be at least. Best wishes.

Tue, Jan 29 7:15am · When to start PT in Joint Replacements

JK;
No. I play slow pitch softball. To bat well one must load up on the hind foot, my right, unoperated leg in this case. When striking the ball one tends to cock the left, operated leg, into the air, and then swing and move body weight forward as one swings, coming to rest on the left, operated leg. So it was good as the landing on my operated knee is relatively soft and painless.
Running the bases,which I use to spectacular at, is the next challenge. My batting was never spectacular so it won't be hard for me to regain all of my skills there. 🙂

Tue, Jan 29 6:55am · How well is pain controlled after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

I did the same thing and had the same problem. I think we have all been brain washed into thinking if we take prescription pain meds we going to end up being junkies. I am calling BS on that. I set myself back and wish I had not done it. The chances of me getting hooked on prescription pain meds is close to zero as I don't get much out of them including pain relief. I think you have discovered that you should do what your doctor thinks best about pain meds and hopefully it will make you better sooner.

Mon, Jan 28 6:33am · When to start PT in Joint Replacements

I live in Southern Utah which is called Dixie because it is so much warmer than the rest of Utah. The batting cages open up year round at 45 degrees. I did go and di pretty well. Batting does not impact my new knee at all so that is good. I also I did hot laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway yesterday in my Corvette. So I am healing. Good wishes to you.

Sat, Jan 26 7:13am · When to start PT in Joint Replacements

Thanks for the well wishes. Doc gave me clearance to restart PT on Monday. He also allowed me to go to the pool which allows me some minimum form of workout. My knee has some pain but nothing too bad. I am even thinking of going to the batting cages today and start working my way back into game shape. My muscles have so atrophied after three weeks of inactivity.

Fri, Jan 25 7:14am · When to start PT in Joint Replacements

I am now 18 days post op and I was doing so well until… I developed a killer hematoma that sent everything sideways. While doing PT, the tech noticed this and said I should go to see my surgeon. My surgeon told me to put a compression sleeve on it and to see him in four days. I did. The pain from thia overwhelmed my knee pain and I suffered for two days and then suddenly it seemed fine. I did a few stretches and it was back again within minutes but without the associated pain. This led to another day of nothing but compression and ice.

This morning I am fine and the hematoma has subsided. I can feel the pain in my knee which is not much. I see the doc this morning. BTW I had 122 degrees of range when this started. I hope that I will be able to resume PYT and get back to that range of motion quickly. Wish me luck.

Thu, Jan 17 6:18am · How well is pain controlled after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

I had a half knee replacement on 1/7 and went home the same day. I took minimum oxycodon for a few days and switched to OTC Advil. I started in home PT on day 2 and office PT on day 8.

Having said that, I did not take enough pain meds. Person after person told me to stay ahead of the pain and I did not. Now I am telling you to do it. If you have too much pain you won’t do PT properly and you need PT. I am 10 days post op and going for my second PT in a couple of hours.

As far as working, I don’t see that as being too much of an issue if you can get driven to your office. The first couple of days post op you may be spacey from the pain meds.

Ice works wonders BTW. It is as good as pain meds IMHO.

Good luck. I suffered more than I needed to but I somehow feel suffering makes me more noble. It doesn’t, control your pain and do your PT.