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Sat, Sep 28 8:50am · Having knee replacement: how to prepare and questions about PT in Joint Replacements

@zackat google the words " ice therapy machine knee " Tip – if you have the cooler type, use frozen water bottles instead of ice cubes to keep the circulating water cold.

Mon, May 6 9:22am · Robotic assisted total knee replacement in Joint Replacements

@mhort1213 I asked my surgeon about robotics and said the surgeries tend to go quite well, but he is holding off until more long term data is available.

My uncle had the robotic surgery done Feb 2019 and had a great recovery. I was reading that there can be less pain during recovery because the robot is able to more precisely adjust bone alignment and can use its computer brain to calculate individual measurements of the tendons, ligaments and muscle. I assume this means there is less manual manipulation of these soft tissues / stretching.

It is hard to know what to do…….

Fri, Apr 19 8:24am · Wondering about anesthesia and pain control post TKR in Joint Replacements

@ulbazina – I had my left knee TKR on Mar 8 at the Mayo in Rochester. I was a nervous wreck about anesthesia. A week prior to my surgery I was able to meet with one of the anesthesiologists from my surgeon's team. It was so great that she took the time to explain my options and listen to my concerns. I ended up having midazolam and then a small dose of fentanyl to prepare me for the nerve block bupivacaine just above my knee area Once I got in to the OR I had an epidural (I think it was Ropicacaine). I was told that the epidural is injected below the spinal column (nerves area). While they were doing that I was given a dose of propofol and I was out. So I had no heavy anesthesia and I woke up in recovery bright and alert. The knee block wore off over the next 24 to 36 hours with no side effects.

I hope that you can meet with an anesthesiologist to put your mind at ease.