Getting ready for a total knee replacement, for me, was a pain in the royal derriere (butt). Here’s why:
- I couldn’t take any of the herbs that were a part of my daily routine. Western medicine wasn’t sure if they would fit in. Western medicine needs to catch up with reality.
- I couldn’t take any aspirin, of which I usually take daily.
- I had to have self-blood donations of 2 pints. The blood center caused me much distress.
- I had to take iron supplements, which I did not like.
- I had to take a blood thinner the night before surgery. It caused nausea.
- The literature on what to eat, not eat, and drink is confusing and contradictory – as is the info on supplements.
- Each pre-op process for a total knee replacement starts two weeks prior to surgery.
- I attended a total knee replacement class. The only benefit of this was actually seeing the knee implant.
- I was told that crutches were too much work and that I needed a walker for a while after surgery. This was stated during the total knee replacement class. I did not agree with that.
- I got all my dental work done prior to surgery. Ugh!!! However, my dentist is a hockey fan. And, his brother is the orthodontist for one of the NHL teams. Cool!
I had to go through the process two times (donating 4 pints of blood) due to my surgeon getting sick and cancelling the first surgery. The second surgeon was great.
Even with all of this, I have no regrets over having my surgery. There is no joint pain now. What an entire relief!