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By JustCheriLou

Updated May 29, 2012

What Made You Decide to Have Knee Replacement?

The pain I was enduring 24/7 for several years and the fact that it was so bad, I woke myself up screaming from pain more than once.

What Were You Not Prepared For?

I was very surprised, and unprepared, for how soon they got me out of bed. I knew they were going to get me up soon but I wasn't prepared for only 8-9 hours after the surgery! I also was pleasantly surprised by the kindness and care I was given by the nurses and LPN's and Aides. They were really great.

Lessons Learned

  • No one will ever understand your pain.
  • Recovery is painful but there is a light at the end of the tunnel (and it is not a train!)
  • If you are determined to have the surgery, don't allow anyone to talk you out of it.
  • I wish I had known about the weird pain that I have in my calf after surgery. Doctor says it is because he cut muscle and ligaments and they are healing. I just wish he had said one side will feel like your being shocked (kind of like a TENS unit) and the other side will feel like you are being stabbed repeatedly. It comes and goes, it isn't constant.
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