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Total Knee Replacement Recuperating Surprise

While going through physical therapy, my therapist offered me the use of the facilities during my free time.  I took her up on it every day.  It was great having the option, and I took full advantage of it.  It’s fun watching my knee progress…slowly but surely.

When I mentioned to her how much I appreciated it and how I thought many others would take her up on the offer (she offers it to all her patients), I heard…”Nobody else comes in as often as you do.  Most people don’t even take me up on the offer.  Most people are too lazy to work as hard as you have. I’ll always remember your drive.”  I was surprised to hear that.

I’m not mentioning this to pat myself on the back.  I’m mentioning it due to the fact that….how can people be that lazy? Who wouldn’t want to get the full benefit out of their new knee?  I mean, the operation alone costs enough to feed a person for life and beyond.

I was talking to a lady who had a total knee replacement a year ago.  She stated that she still couldn’t walk down stairs.  That has got to be because she does not do her exercises.  (Practicing physical therapy using steps was mention earlier in my blog).  In addition to her being about 50 pounds overweight, there is no reason she should be at that low level – other than laziness.

With diligent practice, plus pain and discomfort, I am able to walk down stairs 3 months after my surgery.  And, my knee is not your typical knee replacement as hers was.  Mine involves trauma from 30 years ago.

Granted, there is still a ways to go for me.  A long ways to go, in my opinion.  However, it can be done.


7 Responses

  1. Wow, I must be really naive. It has taken 3 months to climb downstairs? I live in a two story house with 14 stairs up to the master bedroom/bathroom area.Can you go upstairs? That is much harder for me. I am 49 years old and need a TKR due to severe osteoarthritis. How painful was the surgery and recovery? They say that machine is painful and Physical therapy is painful. I really need a new knee and could use some cheering on! Thank you for any insight you can give.

    • PLEASE do not be afraid of the machine. It helps to keep your knee from getting stiff, and it doesn’t hurt. It can be adjusted as you make progress.

  2. Don’t let anyone scare you out of the surgery. People told me horrible stories about the surgery and I was so scared. I am 6 weeks post op as of today. I can drive, go up and down steps and I am also back to work three hours a day. I didn’t think the post op pain was that bad, controlled with meds. I still go to therapy three times a week. I don’t use a walker or a cane. I had worse pain before the surgery in my right leg, it was bone on bone. You just have to have the right attitude and determination. Good luck. I did not mind the passive knee machine that they put on in the recovery room. PT is a little painful, but the benefits are worth it.

  3. I am 5 months out from TKR….I can walk stairs, ride a bike, etc but there is still pain/discomfort in the knee. How long does it take before there is no pain? Or is there such a time?

  4. Hi Kathy,
    I have no joint pain, just pain in my knee area due to tissues and muscles still needing increased flexibility. The muscle and tissue pain is less than it has been, but it is still there. Plus, my knee is still swollen. I was told it would be swollen an average of 3-4 months after surgery. I had my tkr 4 months ago. Everyone’s different, though.
    I can do stairs now and I notice no joint pain. I can walk now without joint pain.
    Hope this helps.

  5. Prior to surgery, I only heard positive comments from people who had undergone the procedure. It was quite refreshing.

  6. i need more information about ortho-surgeries

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