Sunday

2 Weeks After A Total Knee Arthroplasty ~ Total Knee Replacement

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.



40 comments:

  1. Oh wow, good for him. This seems like a lot to go through but it seems he is determined to get better.

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  2. Glad the pain is going away more and more, pain sucks a ton, does never seem to fully go away either ugg haha

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  3. I have to laugh that you've got him doing the Wt. Watchers video with you. I hope all the pain will be a distant memory before too long. Sorry to hear it's been such a rough spell.

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  4. Wow, I am glad that your husband is progressing and healing so well. I am just like you, I hate to drive too! I drive my mom when we go shopping, but anytime I am with my hub I always make him drive.

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  5. I'm glad he's healing up! Such a relief to have that going well.

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  6. I feel for him with that awful pain! I'm glad it's diminishing bit by bit though and that he's doing so well in the doctor's eyes!

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  7. Everyone I know who has had total knee replacements (and there have been quite a few) have mentioned the pain but they also say that eventually it goes away-so tell your hubby there is definitely hope! Glad to hear that he is walking and doing his PT-that will also help.

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  8. So glad he's doing better. My dad has had both hips replaced so I know how bad one struggles after orthopedic surgery.

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  9. I have to ask though - is the pain worse because he's a man. I know if I had surgery versus Chris - our definitions of pain would be on a whole different scale LOL. I am glad your hubby is feeling better, though ;)

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  10. Its great to hear your hubs is feeling less pain now it must be so hard to go through something like this,also herbs always work better than the meds the dr's give you.

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  11. So glad to hear he is doing well. The side effects of the painkillers are almost not worth it. Too bad there is no better option.

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  12. I wonder if doctors leave out the level of pain because they fear people won't go through with the surgery! Glad to hear the your husband is on the mend.

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  13. Yay! happy on the good news everything looks great and pain is subdoing.
    This is a big surgery to have, still I guess he needs to watch his knee forever.

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  14. So glad that his pain levels have gone down! And that's awesome that he's beyond where he should be with recovery!

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  15. Sounds painful! Glad he has you to help him as he recovers.

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  16. I am glad that your husband is progressing and healing so well. I don't even want to begin to imagine the amount of pain he was in.

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  17. When you're so hurt that you can't do anything, that's the worst. I'm glad those days are slowly getting behind him. I think it's smart to do the upper body exercises too. Happy to hear he got such a good follow-up report!

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  18. I do not envy the journey your husband is going though. After my knee surgery I remember the pain meds didn't help at all either. They only made me loopy. Like seriously loopy and I was totally off my rocker. My friends said it was like I was drunk; except I don't drink! lol. So yeah, I didn't take them for very long at all.

    I'm so glad he is healing quickly. I hope his pain begins to subside soon!

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  19. I'm so glad to hear that your husband is healing so well after his surgery. I'm sure this has not been an easy process for him.

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  20. It is good to hear that he is healing up well after surgery. I hope he continues to heal quickly and the pain subsides.

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  21. Wow, this looks like a really difficult time. :( I'm glad to hear your husband is doing well, though. I hope he continues to have a good recovery.

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  22. So glad the pain is starting to subside :( it must be miserable being in pain and not being able to do much to make it better. Good to hear he is managing to stay positive :) x

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  23. Sounds like he is healing up nicely, even with the pain he is still experiencing. Pretty soon he'll be able to hop on a bike and get a really good workout that way!

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  24. It must have been because of all the good loving care you have been giving him . Glad to hear he is recovering well. Hope will be fully recover soon.

    Yea..I hate driving too

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  25. Ouch! Glad the pain is subsiding and I hope he continues to recover quickly!

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  26. Glad to hear that your husband is getting better. My Mom just had a hip replacement and once she got over the worst of the pain she has been progressing quickly. You husband looks to have a positive attitude and he is lucky to have you to support him. Glad he is starting to get better.

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  27. I am so glad your husband's pain has improved! There are so many factors affecting pain with a TKA that I've learned while interning as a therapist on the orthopedic unit. Speedy recovery to him!

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  28. Sounds like you have had your hands full for the past month or more. My sister in law had this surgery and experienced quite a bit of pain too. It is wonderful that your husband has done so well.

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  29. I'm glad he's made so much progress, though it sounds like an agonizing journey.
    Healing thoughts,
    xoRobyn

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  30. Kudos to your hubby for dealing with the pain after surgery and other after effects. Glad to see he's healing well and keeping active.

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  31. Progress sounds amazing! Prayers that it continues! :)

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  32. Yay! Glad to hear he is recovering nicely. You never know what life can throw at you!

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  33. Really good news to hear that his recovery is going well. I know that you've been handling quite a lot helping him out. You're a great partner!

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  34. Glad the recovery is going so well. And that he actually asked you for help!

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  35. WOW..thanks for the post and the update; my co-worker, whom I dearly miss, since I have to do all the work alone now, had her knee replacement 4 weeks ago today.. she thinks she has another 2-3 weeks out before she returns to the office... Sure wish she would hurry up and get going like your hubby is, he is remarkable, already driving an all.. Way to go ...

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  36. Now, that is simply good news - everything is working out - thanks to you for all the help - and support from loved ones, right? Plus, God too!

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  37. I am so sorry that your husband's knee replacement was so painful. I fell down some stairs a few years ago and tore the MCL in my knee as well as the knee cap off the cartilage and got a bone bruise, as well as a variety or ligament and tendon tears in my ankle. It was horrid pain - the worst I had ever experienced by far and I had months of physical therapy and am still not back to where I was. So, I really empathize with him. I hope he is back to 100% really soon.

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  38. I am glad that your husband is doing better! I am going to have to pass these posts on to my dad... he is going to be having a knee replacement in a month or two!

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  39. Wow that's great to read. My mom had a full knee replacement last week and she is doing great too! Amazing how fast the body will heal. She is going in for her hip this year too. They say the hip is an easier operation. Hard to believe.

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  40. Wonderful news to hear! I'm glad your hubby is recovering nicely. I've heard so many up/down stories on knee surgery that its good to know one person making steady progress. Sending hugs and love to both of you.

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