TKR Updates

My Monthly updates following a total knee replacement surgery.

UPDATE FOR TWO WEEKS AFTER MY TKR

Hi everyone. After receiving many requests for my update for two weeks after my tkr, I wanted to share the news about my total knee replacement recuperation at this stage again with everyone.

So…

My entire tkr leg was a dead weight.

This was quite unexpected since no one told me about this happening. I needed to lift my leg with my hands to get into bed or a chair.

Undergoing home physical therapy.

A physical therapist was coming to my home three times a week. She would not let me give up on myself.

Exercises consisted of sitting in a chair, using my “good” leg to gently bend my tkr leg, and walking with crutches/walker – among other crucial total knee replacement recuperation exercises.

I couldn’t stand up long.

I got tired very easily. It took all I had to even stand up with my crutches. So…

Needed someone to prepare my meals.

I was too weak/tired to carry pots and pans or cook meals.

I did my own personal care.

This included dressing, shampooing, showering (every carefully), and personal hygiene tasks.

Was in continual pain.

The doctor’s office handed me a painkiller prescription that cost $100 for 10 pills. Insurance didn’t cover the costs. So, since the price was out of my budget, I chose aspirin. That is one reason I was in continual pain.

I was in so much pain on one day when my physical therapist was scheduled to come over, I called and canceled. She wouldn’t allow it and came over as scheduled. “This is the time when you especially need your physical therapist,” she told me. It was brutal, but effective. I did feel better after doing some exercises.

I was using my crutches to walk around the house.

I did this every other hour for 10 minutes. I knew that exercising/walking would be a benefit. It helped speed my healing process.

No driving.

I had an automatic shift, and my tkr leg could not move enough to even enter/exit the car.

That’s about it for now. When, and if, I think of something else about my update for two weeks after my tkr– I will freely share the news on this total knee replacement blog.

Do you have any two weeks after a tkr story to share? I am certain others will benefit from your insight.

Find this total knee replacement blog post about my update for two weeks after my tkr interesting? Kindly share…

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

Five Year Post-TKR Update

Hi everyone. Many of you have asked about my five year post-tkr update. Here is a reprint of my original article, originally published March 7, 2013.

Wow..five years have already passed since my total knee replacement surgery. As the saying goes..”where has the time gone?” Anyways, it’s time for a tkr update. Thanks for reminding me of this. I am a success story for a tkr, and grateful for it.

* Nothing much has changed since my last update, actually. I am in good health except for my bionic knee.

* My knee still swells up when I overdo it. Sometimes it hurts, other times it does not.

* I can kneel, but not with as much flexibility as my “healthy” knee. That’s no big deal since I couldn’t really do that prior to my tkr surgery.

* I can walk without pain. That’s a crucial improvement, when compared to before surgery.

* I still am not on any medications. Considering my age, and the feedback from heavily prescribed friends, I am very proud of that fact.

* Sleeping is no problem at all. How grateful am I for that?! 🙂

* Flexibility is around 93. That’s what it was prior to my tkr. Once again…no biggie. I would absolutely not have a manipulation done. Never even considered it. If someone else wants to do it, that’s their business.

* Sitting is fine as long as I take periodic breaks and stretch. That’s the same for any healthy person, though.

* Exercising daily is crucial for everything, including keeping the tkr operating well. I regularly engage in swimming, stationary bicycling, walking and stretching.

* I properly nourish my body, which plays a huge role in keeping everything operating well. I eat minimal processed foods and concentrate on getting plenty of nutritious, whole foods in my system. I’ve been doing this since a kid.

* I maintain an ideal weight that is “weight-height proportionate” to reduce any impact on my joints. That’s easily done with exercise and eating properly.

That’s about it for now. How’s your five year post-tkr update going?

Find interesting? Kindly share my five year post-tkr update with others…

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

NOTE: This is a republished article from 2013.

Nine Year Post-TKR Update

Hi everyone. I regularly get asked about my tkr – or total knee replacement – updates. It’s nice to know that my insight is helpful to so many of you. The time has come for another one. So, here is my Nine Year Post-TKR Update:

I have stated it before throughout this blog, but need to reiterate. I am a successful recipient of a bionic knee. Luckily, I am experiencing no complications, nor have I ever. I have never had a manipulation.

Here are some of things going on that are worth mentioning….

I am proudly on ZERO medications and in my 60’s.

My tkr knee still swells when overdoing it. Sometimes it is painful.

My “good” knee occasionally crunches like paper, but has no pain.

My tkr sometimes click. It is nothing of concern. I have written about this previously.

My bionic knee flexibility is where it was prior to my total knee replacement.

Kneeling is possible, but with some support and pain.

I can get on the floor, but it surely is not a pretty picture. It would make a good YouTube video, for sure.

I regularly exercise. Many exercises are the same ones I did preparing for my tkr.

My exercises include: swimming, isometrics, walking, chair yoga, yoga, lifting weights, and balance – among others.

Walking on uneven,unsecured surfaces (like gravel) is uncomfortable. It can be done, though. I just take my time. This issue occurred prior to my tkr and still exists.

I maintain an ideal weight.

I believe the reason I am doing so well is that I have been living a healthy lifestyle, long before it became the current rage. I eat plenty of produce and always have. So much, in fact, that it can get tiring having so much to compost. 🙂

My meal plan plays a key role in living with my tkr. I severely limit my consumption of the standard American diet. “We are what we eat”, as the saying goes. Nothing pleases me more than enjoying some steamed veggies and a protein. I firmly believe that moderation is the key.

I hope this nine-year post-tkr update helps others going through the same thing. – Marie

Find this tkr blog post interesting? Kindly share my nine year post-tkr update with others…

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

A Therapy Car For TKR Recuperation? YES!

Hi everyone. We all know the difficulties of getting in and out of a car after having a total knee replacement (aka tkr) surgery. There is some exciting news happening in the medical rehabilitation development field…it’s called a Therapy Car.

I just finished reading a very interesting article in the current issue of Virginia Mason’s newsletter. The Therapy Car was developed by the team members at this prestigious and world-known hospital. The device is in the licensing process for manufacture and distribution worldwide.

The model Therapy Car frame is composed of light-weight connectors and tubing that can be adjusted to simulate different automotive makes and models. There is something for everyone going through the total knee replacement recuperation process. How cool is that?

Before you go out and try to buy one, though – the therapy car is only used under the supervision of an occupational or physical therapist. It’ll be part of the therapy tools we can use during our tkr recuperation.

Find interesting? (And why wouldn’t you?)…Kindly share with others.

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physical concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical concerns for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Eight Year Post-TKR Update

Hi everyone. Has it already been eight years since my total knee replacement, otherwise known as a tkr? You bet it has. February 2008 was when I had this surgery. So..it is time for my eight year post-tkr update.

KNEE FLEXIBILITY. My knee flexibility is still around 90-93. It is due to previous scar tissue dating back 30 years. The degree is about what it was prior to my tkr. I have written about this in numerous posts throughout my site. It is of no concern to me.

LIMITED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. Due to the hindered flexibility, I am unable to ride a typical bicycle. Or, let me say that I can do it, but not at the speed to keep the bike and me upright. My body tilts to the right since my left tkr knee does not bend fully. Am I painting a proper picture? I hope so. I can use a stationary bike, but it certainly is not a pretty picture. 😕

TKR CLICKING. Just within the past two months have I noticed a regular clicking of my tkr. Before this, there was sporadic clicking during my initial stages of recuperation. Now, it happens daily. It is a curious event. There is no pain. Sometimes there is a sound, other times not. I guess ‘bizarre’ would be the best word to describe it.

TKR SWELLING. Only after being on my feet or sitting for an extended period of time do I notice any type of swelling. I simply elevate the leg, rest, and maybe apply ice.
By ‘extended time’, I mean about three to four hours. It does vary.

TKR PAIN. Pain occurs on such a minimal level, that I feel embarrassed to mention it. Again, when overdoing it, my tkr may be painful. I take an aspirin, elevate, and ice.

OPPOSITE HIP PAIN. I have noticed an increase in pain involving my opposite side hip recently. It may be due to my shoe lift being the incorrect size. It increases when doing stairs.

STAIRS. Speaking of stairs, if a slug and I were taking the stairs at the same time, the slug would finish first. I take my time while holding the rail. Going up is more painful than going down. Going down, however, is more difficult.

That is about it for now. If I think of anything else, I will be sure to update this eight-year post-tkr update.

Hope this helps those of you going through the same thing.

If you find this tkr blog post interesting, kindly share it with others. Thanks!

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Seven Year Post TKR Update

Hi everyone! It has already been seven years since my tkr surgery. I thought it would be fun to share what is going on now to help others going through the same thing at this stage of post-tkr surgery. So, here goes with my seven year post tkr update…

* Knee swelling is still common after walking or standing for extended periods of time. I simply elevate the leg afterwards. If the swelling and pain are intense, I may apply ice. Usually I do not need to. I know many of you express concerns about swelling months or a year after a tkr, well it still happens…

* My flexibility is about 95. As I have stated before, that is where it was prior to my tkr. I am not concerned about this. I still do exercises, though, to keep my knee as flexible as possible.

* My tkr leg lies flat on the surface without any problem. What I am trying to say is…There is no space underneath, as during the initial stages of recuperation.

* Stairs are doable, but not a pretty picture when undertaken. If anyone is around, I simply ask them to conquer the steps first. If there was a race between a sloth and I, the sloth would likely win. Still..no complaints here.

* My knee still gets hot, or very warm to the touch, after overdoing it. It just takes time to cool down. I may ice it or not. It’s no biggie.

* The neuropathy left behind from my bone spur is there. Sometimes it is very painful, other times it is mild. Still other times it results in a tingling sensation that encompasses my entire leg. Elevating my leg and taking a couple AC & Cs will help. So will a gentle massage.

* My tkr will click every now and then. It’s bizarre when it happens while swimming. The clicking is no concern for me. It really does not happen that often.

* Kneeling is doable, but only with cushions underneath. It is not a common occurrence. When it does happen, I only kneel to a 95 degree angle. Anything more is too painful and uncomfortable. I don’t like pain.

* I can weave in and out of pedestrian traffic in an enviable fashion. It’s a gift and great blessing when so many people hem and haw their way around. 🙂

Well, I guess that is it for now. The tkr recuperation process is so difficult, the insomnia period so long, but the final result is so worth it..in my opinion.

As I said in the beginning, I hope this information has helped many of you going through the same situation. Thank you for taking the time to read.

If you find this tkr blog post about my seven year post tkr update   interesting, kindly share it with others. Thanks!

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning tkr blogging site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

TKR Advice Update

Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by my site. It’s that time again…to give a tkr advice update.

I completely understand the hardships and frustration of undergoing tkr recuperation.
However….


I am not a medical professional who dispenses advice. READ THE WAIVER OF LIABILITY IN THE LEFT SIDEBAR.

* I do not know how soon you can engage in weight bearing.

* I do not know if your condition warrants medical attention….etc…etc…

PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT ME TO DISPENSE MEDICAL ADVICE….IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I only share my personal experiences. My readers also pitch in and share stories whenever possible. That is it.

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.






Hot TKR Update

Hi my favorite readers! I have been receiving an increasing number of comments about tkr knees getting warm or hot after activity. I have written about this previously and thought I would update information in this post.

Please note: My tkr surgery was over 5.5 years ago. To this day, my knee still gets slightly swollen and warm after overdoing it. All I need to do is ice it and elevate it for a while.

During the first three months of tkr recuperation, my knee would get hot after any activity. And..I mean hot. With the passing of months and years, the temperature would cool to the warm level.

The same applies to swelling. Initially, the swelling was very noticeable. Mostly it occurred in the kneecap area. Now, the swelling occurs but at a very reduced rate. When the swelling does occur now, it just makes it look like I have a fat knee. 😕

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

Find interesting? Kindly share…Thanks!






Another Needed Update

Hi my favorite readers!

Something else has come to my attention that needs addressing. This site has been up and running for over 4 years, and some new readers have been asking me some strange questions.

Anyways, here are some answers that need to be reiterated:

* As stated in other parts of this site, I own all content on this site. That is, outside of sponsors and advertising links and logos.

* I write all the posts, not some content farm.

* I do not pay anyone to write anything on this site. So, don’t approach me with your great compliment about my site that turns into a request for a job.

* I do all research to write the posts, not some paid researcher or blogger.

* I get the information for my tkr posts from first-hand experience. Don’t insult me by asking who gave me the info about recuperating from a tkr. I know, because I’ve been there and done that.

* Look down in my footer area and you will notice that this site is using Word Press software.

* All links included in any of my posts have been researched by me and found fit to share with you, my valued readers. I do not take part in sharing gossip.

* Kindly take the time to peruse through my site before asking me a question that more than likely has already been answered.

* There is no such thing as a quick fix.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and visit my site.

Good luck and keep in touch!

Find interesting? Kindly share…







Four Year Post TKR update

Some of my readers contacted me and asked about my tkr flexibility so long after my surgery. I inadvertently didn’t mention that in my four year post-tkr update. So….(thanks for asking, btw…short for by the way..)

My tkr flexibility is averaging 95, which is about the same as it was before my knee replacement. I have no concerns with this issue since it’s so nice to walk without pain and, besides, I couldn’t bend my real knee that well.

There’s excessive scar tissue around my tkr area, causing the inflexibility. Again, that’s no concern to me since it’s been accumulating for over 35 years.

I have noticed that my opposite-side knee is crunching. I’ve been told I have mild osteoarthritis in the knee. Again, I’m not that concerned since my “good” knee has been accommodating my body weight because of my “poor” knee for a long time.

There are times when I notice my opposite-side hip is letting me know it needs relaxing due to my leg length discrepancy. That’s life. A little icing and relaxing never hurt anyone. 🙂

Hope this helps others going through their four year after a tkr period.

Find this tkr blog post interesting? Kindly share…

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

4-Year Post TKR Update

Hello my favorite readers! I’ve had some readers ask me lately how everything is going after my tkr, so I thought I’d update. Plus, it’s coming up to the 4-year post surgery date.

Everything is fine:
No revisions or adjustments have been needed
No complications
No excessive pain (woohoo!!!)
No excessive clicking
No feelings of misalignment.
I am what’s considered a success story. 🙂

I attribute it to doing my post-tkr recuperation program as directed, exercising regularly and eating a healthy meal plan.

I enjoy exercising and feeling my muscles and body move.

I enjoy eating a plain, unadulterated meal plan full of fruits, veggies, lean protein and whole grains. Moderation is the key, in my opinion.

I am not on any medications.

I maintain the proper body weight, which decreases pressure on my tkr leg and skeletal system in general.

Sleeping is not an issue, as it was during the tkr recuperation process. I’ve written before about going for a solid 8 months without sleeping more than 2 hours at a time due to excessive pain. It seems to be a common issue among total knee replacement patients.

Don’t get me wrong. There are times when my tkr area hurts due to exercising too much. (My mistake)

The damaged nerve (caused from a previous bone spur) that runs from my lower spine to ankle still hurts every now and then. I have written about the nerve damage in previous posts.

Sometimes my tkr does make a clicking sound, but that is rare.

If anyone reading this is considering a total knee replacement, I would highly recommend it if you have exhausted all other options.
Hoping this helps others going through the same thing. Does anyone else have stories to share?

Find interesting? Kindly share…







3 (Three) Year Post-TKR Update

Hi everyone! I just returned from my 3 (three) year post-tkr follow-up and wanted to post an update in case you’re at the same level or going to be.

As I’ve mentioned previously, prior to my total knee replacement (tkr), my legs were different lengths due to a car accident fracturing my femur..or thighbone, causing my thighbones to be different lengths. Prior to my tkr, I was wearing a 1.25″ shoelift.

After my tkr, I started wearing a 3/4″ lift since that’s what the measurements showed was appropriate. Well, it’s been three years and something fishy was going on with my lift. And..pain was developing in my opposite-side hip and knee.

In fact, my opposite knee (right side) was beginning to exhibit signs of arthritis…swelling, pain and crunching. And, the pain in my hip was totally unusual to me.

Anyways, upon going for my update, I mentioned the main purpose of my visit was to figure out the correct lift size. I questioned whether my legs could change length and was told, no.

The functioning changes, but not the length. Interesting. I mentioned that sometimes after too much exertion, my knee swells and it seems to affect my leg length size. It really is interesting, I believe. Frustrating, but interesting.

Sidenote: I recently took an extra pair of prior well-fitting shoes on vacation. After walking so much all day, my leg seemed like the lift wasn’t enough at all when I tried the shoes on later that night. Strange is an understatement.

Back to story: Anyways, current measurements taken in the doctor’s office show the correct size is now 1-3/8″. I bet anything that once I start using that new lift, my opposite-side ordeal will be conquered. Can’t wait. Hope it works.

My x-rays were perfect. No problem. In fact, everything else was honkey-dorey. I attribute it to good health, exercise and eating properly. 🙂 And, a successful total knee replacement surgery.

Hope my tkr blogger insight helps others going through the same thing. 🙂

Find this tkr blog post interesting? Kindly share…

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.