Using A Laptop After A TKR

Hi everyone. Some of you have asked me about using a laptop after a tkr..aka total knee replacement.   Since I was doing this one week after my surgery, here are a few suggestions that worked well for me and are worth sharing again:

BTW: It was too painful to sit with my feet on the floor during this time period. Besides…I didn’t have the flexibility to do that. 😕

* Sit on a sofa with a pillow behind your back. I’m a stickler for good posture. 🙂  Place a coffee table parallel to the sofa.

* Straighten your tkr leg and place your  foot onto a coffee table. Yes, there will be room between the sofa and table. This will help stretch out your hamstring. It may be painful, but what part of your tkr recuperation isn’t?

* I found putting some ice onto my tkr knee afterwards helped. You may decide to not do this…your choice.

* Put a pillow onto your lap. Place the laptop on the pillow. Make certain the distance/angle between your laptop and arms is not too much.

I like to have my lower arms parallel to my laptop to avoid any carpal tunnel effects. The pillow I use is not too fluffy and provides a nice cushion without affecting the laptop.

* Type away.

When it starts to get warm, just move the pillow & laptop onto the side for a bit. Stretch your fingers and arms.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

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2 thoughts on “Using A Laptop After A TKR”

  1. I too have been experiencing acute pain in my TKR when using my laptop.The pain persisted for the rest of the day after I stopped using the device. My first thought was that the heat from the laptop was warming up the metal joint and then the heat was radiating into the nerves. But recently I wondered if it might be an electrical effect as I am getting some effect even though I have raised the laptop away from the knee. I am not sufficiently savvy to suggest what it might be.

  2. I believe that it is not the computer’s heat that affects my tkr – it is bluetooth. I believe that the radio waves affect the metal in my prosthesis and that it heats up. If I use my laptop in my lap or while in bed, my knee becomes instantly hot and I experience an intense pain in the operated knee which is unlike any other post-operative pain. What is more, the pain lasts all day.
    My physiotherapist and my surgeon are researching this but they too believe that the laptop is causing my prosthesis to heat up and that the pain from it is acute. I was bending 130 degrees until yesterday when this recurred and I am now back to 120 and a very swollen knee.

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