If you are planning on having a knee replacement done, you may want to read my posts on What To Expect When Getting a Completed Knee Replacement ( Total Knee Arthroplasty ) and Bad Bruising from the blood thinner Lovenox.
After the surgery the biggest thing was the PAIN. The Doctors never mentioned the magnitude the pain would be.
For the first two weeks he had constant pain morning, noon and night. He couldn't eat, he couldn't sleep he just laid on the couch most of the time in pain. The pain meds are suppose to help with this.... but they didn't seem to do much.
Taking the Oxycodon and Percoset also caused my Hubs to be constipated. So much so that he ask me for help. My Hubs isn't as big of a believer in herbal medication as I am so I was a little surprised that he ask for my help.
The Drs told him to take a stool softner and a laxative that wasn't working. So I got out my trusty bottle of herbs just for times like these. They worked so well that he would take them when needed. I also talked him into eating a couple of prunes at breakfast. HE HATES PRUNES. But he did manage to eat them.
3 Days a week for 2 weeks, we had a therapist come in and help with the exercises my Hubs would need to gain strength and mobility back in his knee. He would do the therapy and after, he would ice the knee to keep the swelling down.
Around day 13, the pain started to subside a little. When I say a little... I mean only a little. It did lessen enough that the therapist had him try the cane instead of the walker. He did so great on the cane that we put the walker aside.
Every day now the pain seems to lessen a little. He is now forgetting he has a cane and taking off walking with nothing..
He is also doing the Anchor Bay Fitness Weight Watchers 15 Minute Boot Camp DVD with me. Since he can't really use his legs yet to exercise, he is what I call Chair Exercising trying to keep his arms strong.
We do the 15 minute uppper body workout together.
3 Weeks after surgery, we went back to the Cleveland Clinic for a checkup and ex rays. So this is what the knee replacement looks like after.
By the way, this is a Zimmerman Persona replacement we are looking at.
The ex rays look great and everything is seated well. No problems there.
We were also told that my Hubs is way ahead of what most are at at this point in the game.
He has great mobility and is walking much better than most they see at three weeks. Nice to hear that he is healing so fast. Maybe we are doing something right.
The pain is still there,.. not as bad, but still there. We were told that would get better and it varies from person to person if they are ever pain free.
We were told that exercise is very important to pain management. If you don't exercise, you will most likely always have pain. So if you have had a Complete Knee Replacement ( Total Knee Arthroplasty )
His pain level ranges right around a 2 so it is pretty much staying the same and not so bad that he can't stand it.
He is also driving now which I love... I hate to drive.
Our next visit to the Dr will be in about a month.