Playing A Musical Instrument After A TKR

After receiving an email from one of my readers regarding her musical skills and abilities, I was reminded about an event that occurred after having my total knee replacement surgery.

Background History : Music has been a part of my life since I was a tiny tot in second grade. I started playing the flutophone (also known as a recorder) in a band. It taught me how to read music and develop the other technicalities involved in playing a musical instrument.

Then, in fourth grade, I got my “real” flute. Nice. End of background history.

Back to the Future:
Anyways, about a month after my tkr, I picked up my flute. I like to practice and hear myself. 🙂
I was very out of breath and could not play for a couple of minutes without getting light headed and very, very tired. That was totally unusual for me. Normally, I can play for hours without any concerns like this.

Not only was I frustrated, I was very curious as to this change of events. In fact, I was more curious than any other emotion. I know that the anethesia given to me for my total knee replacement had made me VERY ill for days. So, I am wondering if the anesthesia after effects were still hanging around. ?

It took about three months after my tkr for me to be able to play my flute and not be affected by my decreased lung capacity.

I thought this is an interesting side note to write about. I never in my wildest dreams thought about not being able to play my flute after surgery. Hmm…

Hope this blog post helps any other musicians playing an instrument.

7 thoughts on “Playing A Musical Instrument After A TKR”

  1. We have something else in common! I played the flute for several years through junior high and high school. I haven’t played in years, and am pretty sure I couldn’t play a note anymore! But I can appreciate the beautiful sounds……

    I do recall being quite breathless (and exhausted) for awhile the first few months, so I can understand how it would have been tiring to play the flute. So glad you are back full force now!

    I would love to hear your music….maybe we could duet???


  2. Wow, this is weird. Since I was a kid, I’ve played instruments. My first instrument was a melodica (kind of like a mouth/breath propelled piano keyboard held in your hands). I studied clarinet through high school and onto being a Music Major in College for a year (30 years ago!) then I switched majors.

    I’ve been thinking about picking up my clarinet again, but fear I don’t have the chops. Also, I had been involved in a van rollover in August (a whole other tragic story) and suffered some broken ribs. I am not sure if the old ribs could take it – although on the other hand it may be good therapy.

    I’ll keep you posted.

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