I just re-read my 20-month post tkr post. Nothing much has changed, actually, with my two year post tkr update – except: Now that I have reached the two year point, I do not have to take antibiotics whenever I go to the dentist. That’s great, in my opinion.
I attribute my success to the fact that I have diligently exercised every day. Starting out it was the rehab-type exercises. We all know the tremendous amount of work involved in doing that. I enjoyed it, however. I’ve always enjoyed exercising. I feel frustrated and “fat” when I don’t do some sort of exercise for at least 30 minutes daily. I also eat a healthy diet.
I have been very fortunate that I have not had any infections or other ill health along the way. My scar has healed wonderfully. In fact, it’s a trophy of sorts. 🙂
My shoe lift is obviously the correct size. After reading comments from other tkr patients, I feel very fortunate with this.
My knee clicked for only a couple of weeks. I wrote a blog post about that. I haven’t had any problem with that since.
Stairs are still a big bite. Going downstairs is more painful. Going upstairs is more of a strain on my “good” knee. I’m not overweight, either.
If I sit in a traditional office-style chair, it is not fun getting out of it. After sitting in the chair for about 15 minutes, it usually takes a few minutes for my tkr leg to adjust and “straighten out” upon standing up. It can be very painful. I believe this is related to my extensive nerve damage. (I’ve written another post about that. Nerve damage was caused by bone spurs).
When using a public restroom, the height of the toilet seat is a concern. Most times I need to use the hand rails. If there are not any, I look around for something else to hold onto. If there is nothing to hold onto, I wish I was a male… (they can stand and take care of their #1 business…my attempt at a joke).
If I bend my tkr beyond a certain point, it is extremely painful. I just don’t bend it beyond that point. (Remember that joke..”Hey, doc..it hurts when I do this,” says the patient. “Don’t do it” replies the doctor.)
It is painful when I first start to ride my stationary bike. My tkr does start to “warm up” after about two minutes.
My tkr swells up a bit when exercising more than about 30 minutes. The swelling is no where near what it was during my recuperation exercise process. Sometimes I put ice on it, other times I don’t. It’s not that big of a deal.
I can walk without the pain associated with pre-tkr functioning. I can function on a daily basis without that level of pain. The thrill of that cannot be described in words.
My tkr has about 115 flexibility. That’s better than it was prior to my tkr. I’m not worried about it when discussing my two year post tkr update.
I can kneel, but it is very slow and deliberate. And, it’s uncomfortable. I only do it when necessary. And, it’s done on a cushioned surface.
I don’t participate in any impact sports or perform any sudden movements of my tkr. There’s a snow tubing expedition coming up that I wouldn’t feel comfortable with. Snow shoeing is doable, though. 🙂
My “good” knee makes crunching sounds regularly. This occurs when I go up stairs or just walk. That’s not what I want to hear.
My “good” knee also swells up and is a bit tender after exercising or doing stairs. That’s not what I want to see.
I can lay flat and my tkr leg will settle into position without much pain. Some days it takes longer than other days. No big deal.
I can sleep through the entire night. That’s right. It does happen, just takes a LONG time. I can even sleep on my tkr side without pain. Usually, though, it is painful to stand up after laying on that side.
Well, that’s all I can think of now. Overall…all the PAIN, sleepless nights and frustration of having a tkr are worth it to me. Not once during the original recuperation did I regret having the surgery. Not once since have I regretted it.
Hope this tkr blog post helps others going through their two year post tkr phase.
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