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10 days post op

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Surgery went well. I have an awesome surgeon. Operation was complete in 45 minutes, about 5-6" incision. Have an ice machine that is great, it keeps circulating ice cold water through the pad and I can use it all night long. I haven't had any problems with excessive swelling, and my flexion is currently 88 degrees extension at 0, which PT says is good at this point. Still have a lot of pain and taking meds every 4 hrs. Alternate between tramadol at night and oxycodone 5mg during the day. I cannot sleep when I take oxy at night, and ambien makes me nauseated the entire next day. I am not doing quite as many exercises as I should, it really hurts to do many of them. I think I need to walk more during the day outside, I think the activity will help with the pain. I am lucky to have my mother in law here to do almost all the cooking cleaning laundry etc. and think it's made me a bit lazy? Staples come out monday, yay! I have gauze over the incision with a giant tegaderm, which is like a water proof plastic adhesive sheet that holds the gauze in place. Great because I have been able to shower since day 2 post op, but bad because it feels kind of tight and creates more pain when doing bending exercises due to the pressure on the incision/staples. I vow to move more today, and see if it helps pain level at night when its worst trying to get comfortable in bed.
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KATHY024 6/16/2012 3:14AM

    Have to agree with Kineps - get those pain meds on board before physical therapy! It does hurt to have it bent, but just try some deep breathing and it will help get you through it. In a couple of weeks you will be surprised at how much you have progressed. I guess I just can't stress enough how important that exercise is right after the surgery. You will benefit 100% from it.

I loved my ice machine!! It was such a big help at keeping any swelling down. It also helps to watch the salt intake!!

I know it is tough right now but hang in there, we are all here to listen and to cheer you on!!

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KINEPS 6/15/2012 10:49PM

    Reading your blog brought back memories! Like Lynn, I made sure I took my pain pills before p/t so that I could get through the sessions. Although it hurts, the exercises need to be done in order to get that new knee to a full range of motion. It will be so worth your while in the long run.

Keep at it -- you'll be in my thoughts and prayers!

Hugs,
Maryann>

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MEME102 6/10/2012 4:58PM

    Glad to hear you are getting along well -- yes the exercises do hurt...I always took a pain pill about an hour b/f I had to do any and that seemed to help. But as much as they hurt they are very much needed for recovery. Will you be taking P/T?? (physical therapy) Keep us posted on your progress
Lynn
Co-leader Knee/hip replacement team

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BLUE42DOWN 6/9/2012 2:03PM

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Surgery and recovery going well is a great thing!

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