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6/25/13 4:47 P

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Well I couldn't kneel before the surgery, so I guess nothing will change. I could kneel briefly to get up from the floor, but I don't see me getting on the floor again any time soon. Kneeling just plain made me cry it hurt so bad on both knees.

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6/25/13 9:51 A

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No kneeling for me, either. My left knee has a great big staple holding my patellar tendon in place. That critter hurts if it gets bumped! I can roll up on my right knee briefly when I get up from the floor--not a frequent occurrence, believe me!

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6/25/13 7:05 A

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Carolyn, I think part of my problem may be related to the previous 5 surgeries I had BEFORE my TKR. No kneeling for me....

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6/24/13 8:21 P

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Kneeling .... I'm not suppose to kneel either, but I do. I'm very lucky - I have no pain but I always make sure I have something soft to kneel on -- and I never kneel on a hard surface. My surgeon explained that it has to do with the 'button' placed behind the kneecap. And to be honest - I just decided that I had to kneel at church .... so I did and do .... and my surgeon knows that I do -- I've been honest about it. I suppose I'm fortunate to be in the 50% that can.

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6/24/13 9:47 A

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Cheryl, I read somewhere that after a TKR only about 50% of people can kneel and the other 50% can't because of pain/discomfort. I'm one who can't kneel because I don't have a 90 degree bend because of all the other trauma related to the knee fracture. Oh, well.



Edited by: CAROLYN0107 at: 6/24/2013 (09:48)
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6/24/13 9:01 A

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My doctor told me not to lift more than 50#..... but that's more work related. And, no kneeling or squatting (for work). I still can't kneel.... even on a soft surface,. It feels horrible. But, I can live with that.

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6/22/13 6:02 P

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Karen - I know what you mean. I'm always thinking about questions to ask the doctor, and then when I go I forget about them. I now write them down. Both my family doctor and my orthopedic surgeon usually sit down and lean back when I pull my notes out - lol!! But it helps.

If you're concerned because the knee is still healing - maybe buying a smaller bag would be better until you can get the okay from your doctor. I would think it would be okay, though. Doctors/nurses usually tell you up front what you shouldn't do. But it never hurts to be cautious!

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6/22/13 5:51 P

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Thanks for the input, everyone! I didn't quite make it to Petsmart today, so will have to go tomorrow. I went and did some shopping at Aldi's- stocked up on lots of fresh meats and veggies. By the time I got home from there I was beat. Yesterday was such a good day and today not so much. Blah. I was just wondering about the lifting because I know that my knee is still healing, and I didn't think to ask about it before. I'll ask next week when I go in.

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6/22/13 5:49 P

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Karen - I didn't have any restrictions about lifting weight either. Like Laurie's article said, my restrictions involved no jogging unless in sand, no sports where you have to plant your foot and twist - or stop and start quick. The only weight restriction was lifting weights on exercise machine and that wasn't for injury but because you will wear the joint out faster.

Hope that helps!

Maryann

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6/22/13 1:13 P

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Forgive me if I sound too direct but here goes: You need to contact your health care provider, i.e., doctor or maybe even your physical therapist to find out kind of lifting restrictions you have. In the meantime limit your lifting as much possible. You can also ask someone to help you get the supplies. Remember too that most stores sell smaller sizes of dog food and liter bags. I know sometimes we feel like a burden when we need to ask for help but most people are willing to lend a helping hand when asked. The take away point here is don't overdo it!

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6/22/13 1:12 P

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Boy Laurie - you sound just like the article guy writing!! teeehheeee....oh well what can I say it's been a long day already and I've got a graduation openhouse to go to yet!! Have a good day!!


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6/22/13 1:03 P

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My surgeon didn't put any lifting restrictions on my knee. Here's what they say about post-TKR on their website:

"Skydiving is out. In general, avoid high impact exercise such as running or jogging on hard pavement. Implants are durable, but will wear out with heavy use. To insure a long life for your implant, some common sense is needed. The best exercises for lower extremity fitness after joint replacement are swimming, the elliptical trainer or the stationary bicycle."

If you are doing lifting, however, you do need to be sure to use proper body mechanics and not twist. (That's me talking.)

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6/22/13 1:01 P

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I do remember reading somewhere about a weight restriction although I've just looked through my Joint Replacement Notebook and can't see anything about it. If you push your shopping cart right up to the trunk of your car I would think you could get your pet food into the trunk. There would be a difference in transferring it from the cart to the trunk than actually walking a distance with the heavy weight. When I first had my TKR I had a little cart that I used in the apartment building to get things from my car to my apartment without carrying things.


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BLUESTARMOM's Photo BLUESTARMOM Posts: 3,146
6/22/13 12:32 P

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I was just wondering what kind of restrictions there are after TKR. Specifically, I'm wondering if there are any restrictions on lifting? I need to go to Petsmart and get dog food and cat litter. I typically get 40 pound bags of food, plus heavy bags of litter. It just occurred to me that maybe I shouldn't be lifting them, or maybe it's okay? Was anyone ever giving any guidance about lifting objects?

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