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Sat, May 11 9:34am · Dental Antibiotics after TKR in Joint Replacements

I work in a dental office and have a TKR. There has been alot of back and forth on this issue forever! The orthopedic surgeons are the ones who "make the call" but then leave it up to the dentists to explain and administer the protocol. Currently, around here, we are told to wait 3 months for any invasive procedures (definitely including cleanings!) and then take 2 grams Amoxicillin (assuming no allergy) 1 hour prior to therapy and continue that for life. The unmedicated risk is that bacteria from your mouth is released into the bloodstream which targets the artificial joint. There are always risks with taking any medication and that's why some don't want to do it. (Example: new allergic reaction, GI issues, etc.) I had a cleaning right before my surgery so I didn't have to think about it for 6 months. Someone on a more frequent cleaning schedule (Example: 3-4 month recall) or someone with poor oral hygiene probably can't wait that long and has a higher risk for said bacteria. Clear as mud, isn't it??

Wed, Mar 13 7:42am · Ability to lift leg in Joint Replacements

I think what did me in at the beginning was watching YouTube videos of people bragging on walking unassisted after just a few days. I figured I was young and fit at surgery so I'd be one of those folks. Reality check: not gonna happen! It's a slow process on an impatient person. And it's been different every day, some for better, some for worse. It's hard for me to be dependent on assistive devices, medication and a helpful spouse. I am grateful now to have had all those advantages! It's just going to be awhile for recovery and I'm fine with that.

Sun, Mar 10 6:37pm · Ability to lift leg in Joint Replacements

That might be a good idea. I have taken Tramadol in the past and that is exactly what it does – puts me to sleep. So maybe that is the right route in this situation. If I don't get a good night's sleep, I feel the next day is unnecessarily difficult! Thanx.

Sun, Mar 10 11:45am · Ability to lift leg in Joint Replacements

The day after I posted this, I was able to slightly lift my leg and it has continued to improve. My only significant issue now is I can't sleep at night!! I'm not really in pain; I just can't get comfortable. Stopped taking the hydrocodone several days ago, but I might take some before bed and see if that helps?…

Thu, Feb 28 11:43am · Ability to lift leg in Joint Replacements

I am 8 days post op from a total knee replacement. Some of the exercises recommended to me before leaving the hospital included lifting my foot while having a small pillow under my affected knee; another was to lift my leg from the hip. Repeat 10 times, 4 times a day. I have to use the gait belt to lift my leg at all. From standing, I am able to lift my leg slightly. I am 55 years old and had strong muscles in my legs going into this surgery. Is this normal? I feel they wouldn't recommend an exercise I will totally fail at. My first follow up is in another 5 days.