I am with you Elizabeth. I had my tkr on 3/6/12. I had all the same as everyone else with the pain and swelling and the low range of motion. I went to the doctor for my 10 week check up on 5/18 and he said he had me scheduled for the manipulation on the following Friday because I was only at 90 degrees. I refused it because I had recently started pool therapy and could feel the difference in my leg. My doc was so upset I refused he stopped my pt and would not refill my anti inflammitory and muscle relaxers because he said I wanted to do it on my own then go ahead. I continued to go to the gym and do my same therapy workout but in the pool by myself or with my daughter. His nurse called and asked me to come in so doc can see my progression or regression for the 3 weeks I had no pt. He was so surprised that on my own I am now at 104 that he reinstated my pt to get the extra out of the pool. Had my 1st pt yesterday and my therapist said she is very surprised at how well I walk and bend because most patients do regress.
If you are determined to do it and are very sure you do not want to go under the anthesethia again you will make it to a great recover. I will root for you and hope you make the recovery you are looking for.View Thread
I have a question, if I am at 93 degrees and the doc wants to do a manipulation yet I am not doing this will it make my knee worse or can I just keep working on my own. I have to honestly say I was completely traumitized by this surgery as I did not know ahead of time I would be awake during it. Now, maybe I am just being a baby, I cannot get over the fear of going in for another procedure. The thigns you hear and even smell during this surgery are not something I believe a person should be awake for. By the way I was only at 60 degrees before surgery so this is a great new measure for me and I was going to pt 3 days a week and then I go to the gym and do all of the same exercises in the pool 3 more days a week. Now doc says if I do not do the manipulation I cannot have anymore therapy and I feel as this is a bullying tactic to make me do something I do not want to do.View Thread
I am with you....I will never do this again. i am actually being bullied into another procedure by my doctor and I do not feel this is right. I went in Friday and he said I have to have a manipulation to get my knee to bend 10 more degrees. I am at 95 and to me this is ok since I was at 60 before surgery. I can walk and function however I have swelling on the ankle, the back of the knee, and numbness on the outer side. He tells me , no manipulation then no more therapy. What an ass. These docs tell you what they want you to know and not what you need to know. Until I found this site there were so many things I was never aware ofView Thread
I have had surgery in the past and never met with the anesthesiologist before surgery. I feel as when I went into the pre-op with the doc he should have said "Just for you to know, we do not put you to sleep" because who would ever think you would be awake for such a big operation. Yes, I should have asked but I would NEVER had thought I would be awake so it never crossed my mind. Also, trust me I do ask questions, to the point where it seems I am taking to much time in the office and I talk to people i the waiting room and at therapy because I do want to make sure I am on track because it is obvious that the medical professionals are giving the one size fits all answers and that is not the case with this type of procedure. I am getting there as far as recovery goes but when I am at pt and I talk with others who have had TKR it seems so upsetting to me that I am finding so many different degrees of recovery. There is a lady who is still in therapy since last June and 3 manipulations, the last one was just last Wednesday, or the lady who has been there since September. I am trying to keep positive and I am going to pt and I have now hired a personal trainer that specializes in TKR patients for water therapy i the pool. This is not covered by my insurance but I will not get a manipulation and I will not be stuck feeling worse than I did before surgery but I do have to admit at night when the pain I have is so bad and I cannot get any sleep I cry and cannot for the life of me remember why I felt that doing this was a good idea. That doesn't mean it is like this for others but it is at some points for me.View Thread
Thank You for responding but I would like to comment and make a few more statements/questions. As I have hit 6 weeks I have to say I went to the doctor and I am at 90 degrees and a manipulation has been taken off the table for now. I do push myself very hard and even though I know this is a major surgery I have been going by what my doctor had been telling me and that is I would be back to normal by 3 months or so. When I get on here I see nothing but at least a year and when I discussed this with my therapist after reading this He also said at least a year. So I was thinking that I was so far behind because I was going for 3 months not 12. As for the anesthesiologist I did not have an appointment with him before surgery, never met him until he came to do the thigh block I knew nothing about. I have used this ortho doc in the past when my son broke his leg and my daughter tore her miniscus and had to have surgery and I truly liked him but I feel that the problem here is we ( I have talked to a few of his other patients at pt) were not told the truth as to what to expect and since this surgery was so major we need the truth so we can cope and function at a pace we feel we are doing good for ourselves.View Thread
I just found this discussion and sure wish I had read this before I did my knee replacement. I am 5 weeks after surgery and the pain I feel is so much worse than what I had before surgery. I went to the doctor at 2 weeks post op and was only able to bend to 60 degrees. He told me I was okay since I was at 60 before surgery and was very bad off. I felt better and went home with all of this pain and continued to work with pt. At my 4 week check up I was at 70 degrees and now he says I am so far behind I need to go in for manipulation. This is not going to happen!!! My surgeon has traumatized me. He does not put his patients to sleep for this surgery just a block in the thigh and an epidural so you cannot feel the surgery. Problems with this are 1) you can still hear it and 2) he does not tell you this before you go for the surgery. Does anyone know what it is like to listen to the docs perform this porocedure. I have cried for days at the thoughts of what I have heard and to watch simple things on tv that remind me of what I had to hear are unbearable and now he wants me to go back in for another procedure of manipulation is so traumatic for me to even consider. I have out patient therapy 3 times a week now but am only on week 1 of this. I have 3 more weeks and then I feel as if I am given at least 4 more weeks I will be able to get better on my own with determination without having another procedure done. My knee does click all of the itme and I CANNOT get any sleep at night due to the pain but I am trying to hang in there. I did go to the store for the first time since surgeru yesterday and now my ankle and foot are swollen and this has me worried but I am going to say it is probably because I overdid it walking through the store but when I go to pt inan hour I will ask!! Good luck to anybody who ever considers this surgery and I have to say I will never at this point recommend anyone get it done.View Thread