It is that time of the month again…time for my monthly update. As of today’s date, I am 11 months post total knee replacement. Here are some of the results:
My scar is beautifully healed. Only the top 1.5” above my knee is discolored. I like my scar and view it as a trophy. 🙂 I took care of it while it was healing.
My bionic knee still has flexibility issues. However, I expect that and work on it regularly. My total knee replacement was not your typical one. It was trauma related, so needs a longer recuperation process. Riding an upright bicycle is the key, I have found. The flexibility is better than before my surgery, though. I can get on the exercise bike much easier than previously.
My knee is still swollen, only less than last month. Still, the swelling increases after prolonged periods of standing or exercising. No complaints.
My knee has clicked a couple of times this period. It’s more of a curiosity than concern, however.
My range of motion has increased without the accompanying pain.
I can walk more than a city block without pain. This was not so before my total knee replacement.
I can ride my upright exercise bike at a lower seat level and greater tension with much more ease than previously. The pain level has diminished, also. (I probably shouldn’t say this because Murphy’s Law follows me around, you know).
The damaged nerve, caused by my former bone spur, results in painful sleeping. Sometimes, it bothers me during the day.
I can sit comfortably in a chair. This was not possible for months after my tkr.
The overall knee pain has diminished.
I can perform various yoga, belly dancing, Tai Chi, and stretching poses without much pain. Not prior.
Stairs are still a pain in the butt. Or..knee, back, leg – and pride.
Actually, not much else is different from my tenth month update. The biggest difference is the decrease in swelling and overall level of pain.
I have taken care of pain in my nonsurgical leg by using my tkr leg more.
Hope this helps others going through the exciting recuperation from a total knee replacement.
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