This is something you should ask your doctor after he has seen you. People on the internet should not make this decision for you. My doctor wouldn't let me in the water until he gave me the okay.View Thread
I was told never to put a pillow under my knee. If you were told that then you need to follow directions. My understanding was that straightening the knee is the hardest thing to do and putting a pillow under there could make it very difficult to get the knee completely straight. My pt told me that getting the knee straight was more important than bending it early on.
That being said, it's very uncomfortable. I gave up trying to sleep after my TKR. I just resigned myself to taking catnaps when I could. Once I stopped worrying about sleepin it wasn't a big deal since I didn't have to worry about going to work.View Thread
Once you injure a knee it's never the same. If you've had parts of your meniscus removed then you've lost some of the cushion in your knee. This is going to cause pain at times. Eventually, you'll probably have arthritis. In the meantime, it's important to build up all the muscles around your knee. Instead of walking try biking and swimming. It's great exercise and knee friendly.View Thread
Honestly, there is no guarantee that the surgery will lessen the pain. The only thing you know for sure is that your knee will get worse without surgery.
My husband had a similar situation. He has arthritis and a torn meniscus in his knee. Same age as you. His doctor said he could clean up the torn meniscus and he would likely feel better for a while but eventually he will need a TKR. He opted for the scope since it is relatively minor surgery. He does feel better now but still has some bad days. Even with that it feels better than before surgery and his activities are not limited in any way.View Thread
It takes more than 5 months for arthritis to develop. You might want to get another opinion or two. A torn meniscus is kind of a damned if you do and damned if you don't thing. Surgery will remove the torn bits of meniscus that can reduce inflammation for a while, but it also means you have less cushion in your knee. You'll probably need a TKR at some point but a scope could delay it.View Thread
Whether or not insurance pays for a toilet seat depends on your insurance company. After my TKR my insurance paid for a bedside commode which could also be put over the toilet to not only raise the seat but also allow you handrails to hold on to. It also tripled as a shower seat. That's another thing you'll need so you can sit down in the shower. The first couple of nights having a bedside commode was a godsend for me. My insurance also paid for a walker which I never used because I prefer crutches.
If your hospital has a class for people that are having joint replacements make sure you go. People tend to focus on pain and rehab and forget that every day things can be very hard after surgery. These classes can help with that and tell you how/where to get medical aides. After your surgery your hospital physical therapists can help with that.View Thread
You've already figured out that pushing too hard can make you go backward instead of forward. Give your knee a rest for a few days, rest it, ice it and keep it elevated. Knee replacements can take up to a year to heal. Give it time.View Thread
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