Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I had my preop today and it is all systems go for the knee surgery.
I had ultrasound of the veins in both legs and no surgery is required (I was worried about vein stripping, etc). I was told to LOSE WEIGHT and wear support hose. I told the doctor I have a lot of problem getting fitted as I have short, fat legs and he said that is a common problem. Six to eight weeks after my knee replacement he said he will refer me to a lymphedema clinic and I will get fitted with the proper hose and they will teach me massage which should help get the blood moved up and away from my ankles. (I have had sluggish circulation in my legs most of my life.) Getting the right hosiery will be great as I have wasted 100s of $$$ over the years trying to buy support hose, TEDS, etc. After my knee replacement the orthopedic doctor will order TEDS (probably the basic white ones) and last time I was measured for them and they were great. When they wore out I tried to get replacements and was unable to get them. (This is discouraging but hopefully with help from the lymphedema clinic I will finally get over this hurdle.)
So about LOSING WEIGHT. I know my legs didn't bother me at all when I was only 180 lb. I have to make this my prime goal because the discomfort in my feet and legs makes everything more difficult, including driving, sitting at my desk at work, shopping, etc.
My total cholesterol is on the high side and I hope this will come down with dietary changes. I noticed that some of my food choices lately have been higher fat than I should be eating. So I am turning over a new leaf with the goal of losing weight so my veins won't have to work so hard pumping the blood back to my heart.