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
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