Hi everyone. Many of you have asked me for my eleven months post tkr update. So…without further adieu, here is a reprint of my original post. ..
It is that time of the month again…time for my monthly update. As of today’s date, I am eleven months after a total knee replacement.
- My scar is beautifully healed. Only the top 1.5″ above my knee is discolored. I like my scar and view it as a trophy. 🙂 I kept it clean throughout the healing process.
- My bionic knee still has flexibility issues. However, I expect that and work on it regularly. My total knee replacement was not your typical one. It was trauma related, so needs a longer recuperation process.
- Riding an upright bicycle is the key, I have found. The flexibility is better than before my surgery, though. I can get on the exercise bike much easier than previously.
- My knee is still swollen, only less than last month. Still, the swelling increases after prolonged periods of standing or exercising. No complaints for it being eleven months after a total knee replacement.
- My knee has clicked a couple of times this period. It’s more of a curiosity than concern, however.
- My range of motion has increased without the accompanying pain.
- I can walk more than a city block without pain. This was not so before my total knee replacement.
- I can ride my upright exercise bike at a lower seat level and greater tension with much more ease than previously. The pain level has diminished, also. (I probably shouldn’t say this because of Murphy’s Law..)
- The damaged nerve, caused by my former bone spur, results in painful sleeping. Sometimes, it bothers me during the day.
- I can sit comfortably in a chair. This was not possible for months after my tkr.
- My overall knee pain has diminished 11 months after a total knee replacement.
- I can perform various yoga, belly dancing, Tai Chi, and stretching poses without much pain. This was not true prior to my tkr surgery.
- Stairs are still a pain in the butt. Or..knee, back, leg, and pride pain.
Actually, not much else is different from my tenth month update. The biggest difference is the decrease in swelling and overall level of pain.
I have taken care of pain in my nonsurgical leg by using my tkr leg more.
Hope this tkr blog post helps others going through the exciting recuperation from a total knee replacement.
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This 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.