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Submit an Entry: I Wish I Knew Before Knee Replacement...

By RNeuman

Updated January 15, 2010

What Made You Decide to Have Knee Replacement?

I could not walk very far because my knees hurt so bad. But before I could do my knees I had to do my right hip. So I had my hip replaced first then 3 months later I had my right knee replaced.

What Were You Not Prepared For?

I was not prepared for all the scar tissue that formed after the surgery and the stiffness. I needed to go back in and get the manual manipulation. Even after that I needed several months of steriods for the stiffness and anti-inflammatory medicine. I was also not prepared for all the hard work it would take to get my knee to bend. For the last 6 months my job has been working my knee. I got a stationary bike which I ride every day. Plus doing all the exercises the PT tells you to do. Do not have this surgery unless you are willing to work.

Lessons Learned

  • I have to have my other knee replaced, but before I have that surgery I am working on strengthening the muscles in that leg. I also am seeing a massage therapist. Once or twice a week I go and have my knee and leg massaged which helps stimulate blood flow to the knee to help reduce the swelling. She also stretches both legs in many different ways which helps with stiffness and flexibility. I also stretch many times a day to lengthen the muscles. Very important for this kind of surgery. Last I found soaking in a bath with epsom salt works great for helping the body heal and the scar tissue.
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