Hi, my favorite readers! It’s so much fun, and very interesting, to read everyone’s comments and experiences. It makes it so obvious how we all recuperate at different levels, yet are all the same.
For instance, I recently received a comment from someone able to drive within three weeks after their tkr. That’s what happened to me, also. Medical recommendations state that 6 weeks is the average non-driving time period. I can see how that recommended restriction applies to some.
As I have written previously, my tkr was on my left leg. Using my tkr leg as a guidepost, there was no way I could have driven before a solid six weeks post-tkr with either an automatic or manual transmission. My tkr leg was practically straight. In its most extended position, with the greatest amount of leg room, my car seat positioning still wouldn’t give my body enough room to comfortably get seated. Ankle movement was not that hindered, but there was no way I had the strength to lift my leg to brake. My quads were still very weak and painful. Some readers, and patients, probably had no problem with any of this.
Isn’t it interesting how recuperation differs so much, yet is basically the same? Hope this helps others going through the same thing.
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