An update on my TKR (Total Knee Replacement) the story so far.

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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

Praise indeed

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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Hospital, Hospitalization, Hospitals, Operating System, Operations, Pain, Pain Medication, Pain Relief, Painkillers, Tkr

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author avatar Buzz
28th May 2012 (#)

Hope to see you up and about, Johnny. I watched the video...aaarrgghh!

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
28th May 2012 (#)

Not exactly "Saturday Night Live!".... But, more like, "Johnny Gets a New Knee; The Visual."
The ability of the human body to heal is amazing, is it not?

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
28th May 2012 (#)

Hope the pain will vanish soon and you will be back to normal life.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
28th May 2012 (#)

I watched the video, it proves how humans are capable of replacing some body parts so perfectly and professionally.

You have the courage to undergo such a traumatic surgery, but you're far better after getting ridden off that knee pain which made you immobile all these days.

Wish you fast recovery.

~Rathna

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th May 2012 (#)

Wow, johnnydod. I'm too fainthearted to watch the video. That is one ugly leg. I'm inspired by your courage, my friend. Welcome back.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
29th May 2012 (#)

I am so glad to hear that you are recovering right on target. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a full recovery. I too love to walk so I understand how anxious you must be to get back to normal. I too am inspired by your courage!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th May 2012 (#)

So glad your recovery is right on course Johnny, am sending healing to that leg but neither could I watch the video!!! take very good care of yourself...

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
29th May 2012 (#)

It looks better. I'm glad you are doing better. I wonder if it is a regular practice for post op pain not to be fully discussed prior to surgery

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author avatar Delicia Powers
29th May 2012 (#)

Good to see you again Johnnydod...I have not been able to read your article but will come back- my computer is having some sort of problem- it gives me either a few seconds or minute before it freezes...locks up tight- and I am unable to do anything!...working on the problem....will be back to read when fixed, thanks....:0)

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author avatar vpaulose
30th May 2012 (#)

Interesting. Thank you Johnydod.

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author avatar Val Mills
5th Jun 2012 (#)

I am one of the faint hearted and choose to not watch the video! So good that you are becoming more active and that we'll see you here again.

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author avatar Denise O
14th Jun 2012 (#)

I am so glad your knee is healing just as it is suppose to, good for you. I was able to look at the video either, the hubby had his own knee replacement surgery, that is enough looking for me. Great to see you back Johnny. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jun 2012 (#)

*I was 'not' able

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author avatar Tranquilpen
14th Jun 2012 (#)

Great that your knee is healing so well Johnny and thank you for the star.

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author avatar LOVERME
15th Jun 2012 (#)

you send chills
but now all it thrills
as you walk with a better gait
than before
dear johnny mate
hold on to your weight

says loverme jokingly hahahaa

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
18th Jun 2012 (#)

Oh so serious! Get well soon my friend. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Jun 2012 (#)

very informative...thanks johnnydod as this awaits me in the near future...

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author avatar Retired
23rd Jun 2012 (#)

ouch! Wow--very informative article. Thanks for sharing your experience. Hope you heal quickly (sending healing thoughts your way)

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author avatar johnnydod
23rd Jun 2012 (#)

I can feel them already Rama

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
24th Jun 2012 (#)

Glad to see its healing well, the physio should start out shortly considering that you have to get used to the whole activity thing again.
You should get an automatic car, you don't have to use the left leg to drive with that, just the right one for the Brake and Accelerator. Take care.

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