Hi everyone! I have received quite a few comments lately about the worries of having a very stiff and “nonfunctional” tkr (total knee replacement) leg for a time after the surgery. Here’s some more insight about tkr dead weight: is this you?
Unexpected happening. My entire leg was a complete dead weight after surgery. I was not prepared for this aspect. No one told me about it, either. Nor did I read it in any tkr literature. None of my leg muscles were working (except my ankle and hamstrings).
Front stretching needed. My tkr knee needed gentle stretching exercises to increase the bend along the front part of my new knee.
Manually lift. Plus, I needed to manually lift my leg up onto sitting/laying surfaces. I used a towel or my hands to do this. That was one bizarre experience!
In hindsight, since our quadriceps are cut into during the total knee replacement, it goes without saying that a tkr dead weight situation would result. It just would have been nice to be informed of that so we could be properly prepared. It was a shocker to me!
Bent knee. I also needed to work on stretching out my hamstrings, along the backside of my knee, to straighten my leg. My leg would not lay flat on any surface. There was a slight bend in it.
No body weight support. Even though I was up and walking on a walker the day after my tkr, my muscles were still not developed enough to support my body weight.
No foot slides. I remember sitting in a chair and not being able to slide my foot at all. I am certain everyone goes through this. This is when those assisted physical therapy exercises come into play.
It has been eight years since my total knee replacement and my leg still gets stiff and painful after prolonged periods of walking or standing. I just rest, elevate, and ice. It’s no big deal.
Hope my tkr blog post about tkr dead weight helps others going through the same thing. Remember, you are not alone in this endeavor. Take a look around this site for more tkr insight from myself and readers.
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