An update on my TKR (Total Knee Replacement) the story so far.
An update on how my knee op is progressing, five weeks on and so far, so good.
Five weeks in
It’s been five weeks now since my TKR, the scar has healed nicely and I can manage a 80% bend, the target is 90%, (I won’t be able to do any more than that I have been told)
The bruises have almost gone, which is pretty good when I think what they were like, have a look at the pic I took just one week after the op. >>>>>
The arthritic pain has gone completely but I am getting quite a lot of pain still from the post op.
The surgeon tells me it could take anything up to six months before I am completely pain free, however one bit of good news is that in another week (My sixth week) I will be allowed by British law to drive again, It will be nice not to have to rely on other people to get me from A to B
I have now finished my physiotherapy sessions and next week I am joining a gym designed just for people like myself who have had the same operation, with equipment designed to build up the muscles I will need to allow me to walk without a stick.
All in all, my main gripe is that I wasn’t told of the severity of the post op pain, had I been warned I might have been more able to cope a little better, but saying that I can’t emphasize more, how great the after care has been, from the care I received on my short stay in hospital to the many visits from physiotherapist and nurses, not forgetting the rehab equipment loan service who supplied me free of charge, equipment to help me in and around the house.
For those of you that like the gory details, this is what they did.... WARNING... Not for the faint hearted.
PROS and CONS
- I will at last be free from pain from that knee, I had put up with it for many years and I won’t be sorry to see it go.
- I will be able to walk long walks once again; I have missed my walks so much
- I had no idea just how much pain there would be.
So there you have it, in a few weeks I am hoping to get back to being less and less reliant on my poor wife to do the jobs I should be doing around the house and in the garden.
Also this is, I hope, the first, of many more articles and story’s I will be writing once again from now on, it’s good to be back.
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