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Different Perspectives on a TKR Surgery

It is always interesting to me to hear stories about someone’s experience while undergoing a total knee replacement, or any joint replacement – for that matter. This is due to the fact that there are anesthesiology options available for one undergoing a tkr. You find this out when meeting with the anesthesiologist. The two options are: general or spinal.

Patients can get a general and be put right out. Recovery time is longer with this method. It is said to poison the entire body. Then, there is the less severe method of numbing one from the waist down. And, the patient is given the option of either staying awake or having varying degrees of an altered state. Upon hearing what would happen during the surgery, I decided to be put into a deep sleep. I did not want to hear saws or anyone talking. Nor did I want to feel any pulling on my leg or anything like it. Don’t get me wrong. I am not as big of a chicken as you may think. I have seen other total knee replacements done, and hip replacements done (I worked in orthopedics for years)– but there was something different about having it done on me.

Fast forward to a couple days ago on NHL Live! Mike Milbury was being interviewed by Bill Clement. Both are former NHL players. Milbury has had a total knee replacement, while Clement has had a shoulder replacement. Both stayed awake during the surgery. Gutsy! Milbury mentioned how he heard the saw, watched the operation on television, and felt the tkr knee being popped into place. Clement mentioned how there was a partition between his head and shoulder area. He heard the saw and mentioned how strange it sounded. “Crazy, huh?” asked Clement. “Yeah, all that was missing was the popcorn and coke,” replied Milbury. Their viewpoint struck me as very interesting and insightful.

You had to hear the entire conversation to appreciate it to the fullest extent. It was inspiring, yet funny, to hear about someone going through these joint replacement surgeries while being awake. It just blows me away.

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3 Responses

  1. Um…..thanks, but no thanks! I wanted to be asleep……I had the spinal and whatever they gave me to make me sleep….

    I opened my eyes right at the end as they were wrapping my leg, my leg was way up in the air, and I was like, nope, not ready to wake up yet….and closed my eyes and went back to sleep!

    A friend at work swears he could hear the tapping during his surgery……I didn’t want to HEAR anything! I even took my iPod with me, even though they kept telling me I wouldn’t hear anything…..lol…I had music playing the whole time I was asleep….

  2. my tkr 4 mth .i one big problem my kneel become swelling when i walk standing then i do my exerisce very day .i see my doctor i say how get can be swollen on kneel. the doctors say if swollen be worse see them .i do not became like this

  3. Hi Rose,
    Great to hear from you again. My tkr swelled up for months after my tkr when I’d finish walking.Or, when standing for any length of time, it would swell up.
    I would elevate my leg and put ice packs on it. Icing works wonders.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

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