Hi Mariel! I'm Ruth, 68 last Nov, and I had my right knee replaced last May 2. I'm thinking about getting my left done late summer. No hesitation to do it. I got a recommendation for a good ortho surgeon from a friend who is an ortho, retired. Had my surgery on Monday morning. Up to go to the bathroom later that day. PT in my bed on Tuesday. Wed morning they said I'd go to PT there. I had to be able to walk up 4 steps and back down because I had to do that to get into our home. Main floor master bedroom/bathroom. I did the stairs as required, and she said if OT was ok with it, I could go home. OT made sure I could get dressed & put shoes on by myself, get to the bathroom & step up over step-in shower. I wish I had lost more weight before I had it done, and I wish I had worked more on arm strength before. I did the leg exercises before, but no one told me how much pushing up you do to get up. Surgery Monday, home Wednesday, and I went to PT center the next Monday and started PT. 3x a week and worked on things at home. I used their walker for a couple weeks, but kept forgetting where it was and walking w/o it! Pain was worse a while after PT and middle of the night. Others talked of sleeping in recliners for weeks, I slept in my own bed from Wed. night on. I took Oxycodin and wouldn't do it again. Had a hard time getting off it. Needed it for about 3 weeks, took 2 more to get off it. I react funny to different meds! I can do most things with my knee except kneel. As others have said, keep up with therapy, take pain meds as needed, and let others take care of you. I had a great surgeon, the hospital staff couldn't have been better, I love my PT and our daughters made and froze about 2 dozen meals for my hubby to cook. Probably more than you wanted to know. If you have any questions I'm more than happy to answer.
Thanks for so much information!
198/139.8/146 Eight years at goal
May I look back in gratitude and look forward in hope.
Hi...I had both knees replaced at the same time 3.5 years ago. I knew if I didn't do both at same time, I wondered if I would go back for second one. Yes, physical therapy was doubly hard, pain wise, very tolorable. Actually, I had to stop painkillers about 3 week in as I was allergic to the ones prescribed. I definetely do not regret doing both at same time. Very pleased with outcome so far. The only thing I regretted was doing it in the Winter. I would suggest doing it in Spring or Summer so you can get outside & walk, walk, walk, & let the Sunshine soak those knees...physical therapy & home exercises are the key. I also did knee exercises about 2 months before to prepare for the surgery & I do believe that helped too with a speedier recovery. Good Luck...😊