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TKR surgery and recovery
patvan42 posted:
I had one knee done in March 2007, the other done in February 2009. I am 67 years old. I will tell you that I researched doctors before I made my decision and talked to as many people as possible as well as reading up on it.. As a result I had a very good doctor and aggressive physical therapy. I won't sugar coat it, the rehab is worst than the surgery. It take weeks but I was up and around the next day per doctors orders. Sleeping was the worst part since I am a stomach sleeper. I went to rehab 3 times a week plus used the contraption that moves your knee. Exercise is very important before and after. I am not sorry I had it done. I was in a lot of pain before and my activities were curtailed. The one thing I can't do now is kneel down. Other than that I am very happy with my decision.
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oldladynow responded:
I had one replaced November, 2009. My second knee will be done January 25th. My question is, did you find the second replacement more or less difficult? With the first, I was working with a bad knee, this time a good one. Does that make any difference in the physical therapy. I agree it is very painful - but well worth it.
wv_woman replied to oldladynow's response:
I am 48 and had both knees replaced 6 weeks apart. Both knees were horrible, but the therapists helped with both knees, and walking was easier with both knees getting stronger. the first surgery was hard because therapy was very painful for the non-surgical knee. the second go-round was easier because both knees would bend.
wingnut57 replied to wv_woman's response:
I guess this is some what I have been looking for. My non surgery leg has very little bend, 78%.and seems to be causing rehab problems on the knew knee. When I get the other done it will be easier? It is the tendons in the back of the old knee that hurts so bad. and how do I get the swelling out of the knew knee. I seem to be finding more guestions than answers
jbonline responded:
I am 67 having both tkr done Monday 01/7/2011. I will be the first surgery that morning, doctor should be very alert .
feel real comfortable with my doctor. I hear a lot of folks do not heal very well. I understand the rehab is most important. I feel my healing will be by the grace of God, each step I take after Surgury will be for his glory not mine. Your words of encouragment of no regret was uplifting. Wish you the best .
sunny_girl responded:
Good for you that you went for TKR! So many people carry so many different ideas about a total knee replacement which is eventually not good for their health (physical and mental) at all. For those considering TKR, here are 7 things they must know about this surgery.

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