My recovery continues. At this point, my lingering complaints are few: I continue to be challenged to climb and descend stairs without hanging on the handrails. I still need to assist myself to standup from a sitting position on a chair. I can kneel (on a cushion or knee pads) and work at things mechanical or garden, but I need something nearby to pull/push myself up to standing position. Other than these strength issues, I'm 100% improved from the several month post op and PT period. My walking is asymptomatic. I bike ride. Unless I told you about my new knees, you'd never guess.
Knowing what I went thru, I'm still glad I did it. I was in the class of patients whose need for the new knees was a bit of a stretch. I still functioned on the old knees, but they were becoming more and more problematic each 6 month visit to Dr. The 3 months post op and PT period was painful and frustrating with the lack of progress. I frequently lamented "why did I do it". I was lucky in that I just retired, so I wasn't forced to do more activity than I could bear. But with dedicated ongoing PT (tread mill and 5# ankle weights) at home, I've gotten to the point I'm at where I don't really think about the new knees.
In summary, 1) I believe that doing both knees at same time was good decision. Knowing myself, I would not volunteer to go thru the post op/PT process again a second time to do the knees sequentially. 2) My dr's opinion of length of time for recovery is differrent than mine. His definition of recovery is walking, check, driving, check, range of motion 120 deg, check: you're good to go in his eyes. Those milestones were achieved within 8 weeks, but the recovery still goes on.
Surprises that really impacted me: 45 lb weight loss immediately post op really had me worried. It stopped, but never really diagnosed why it happened. I'm currently 205lbs, should be less, but going down to 175lbs really had me freaked. I developed diabetic issues while in hospital, now under control.
Advice: go for it if you need the new knees. Get off the hard pain killers ASAP. Taking oxycodine while at home is recipe for disaster. There is some pain, especially trying to sleep. Your pillows are your best friend. Do the PT. 3x/week at a facility, every day at home. Walk everywhereView Thread
I also had a Bi-TKR, just before Christmas. I'm 13 weeks post op. Lost 35 lbs post op before weight stabilized. To look at me while I'm walking, one couldn't tell I had the TKR, even though I feel every step as I walk. I struggle to climb steps, still can't rise out of a chair without pushing myself with my hands on the seat. I just recently was able to kneel on soft surfaces, but really couldn't get back up without grabbing onto something to haul myself up. Dr. says that I have to give the muscles around the knees time to heal, he's talking 6-12 months. According to Dr., I will have to deal with the patella "clicking" with every step forever!! I set up home gym for strength training, doing stationary bike 2-3 miles and walking 1 mile on tread mill every other day. Walked in local St Paddy's day parade last weekend, needed the beers afterward!!
Looking back, I wish the Dr was straight with me on the length of time of the post op impacts. He was correct, I was walking within days. That I'd be dealing with clicking patella forever, no mention. That I'd be a year down the road before I'd be back to normal activities, no clear explanation. That I'd have to hang on the banisters to get up steps after 4 months, no word. I still needed to do the operations, but there would be less anxiety. I go for my last monthly checkup in August, I'll report back on continuing impacts.View Thread
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