It’s been almost six months since my total knee replacement surgery and I go in and out of frustration with the recuperation process. Even though I am grateful for not having the joint pain I used to, the recuperation process is still trying.
Going downstairs is very slow, with my knee needing much increased flexibility. Plus, it is painful. I know that I need to keep working at it, but it is just frustrating. I did not expect it to take so long to recuperate from a tkr. Stairs are a great exercise for me, though. I do notice the increased flexibility, too.
My knee area is still swollen. I was told by the doctor’s office it would take about 2-3 months. Sure. I know nothing is wrong, since my x-ray is perfect. My recuperation is just taking time. Everyone has a different recuperation time.
There is still muscle and tissue pain surrounding my knee, even when I stretch it out. Usually, the pain is greatest in the back of my knee (hamstring). However, the pain is much less than it used to be.
My lower leg swells up when I sit in a seating position with my feet on the floor. This can be painful. That’s why I’m keeping it elevated today. My shin and ankle swelling could be much worse, though.
Don’t get me wrong. I do not regret at all having the total knee replacement surgery done. I am much better off than before my surgery. It’s just frustrating at times.
I am sharing this information since I believe others are in the same boat. 🙂
On the positive side, I walked for four miles earlier in the week without any joint pain at all. That in and of itself is worth the long recuperation process. 🙂 There is no way I could have done that prior to my surgery. How nice is that?