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Old 07-01-2010, 09:22 PM   #1
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Losing weight and TKR

I have lost a total of 27 pounds since last July and feel so much better and see a tremendous difference in the way my knees feel. The doctor has continuously encouraged me to lose the weight and I decided I was getting a second chance I should take advantage of the situation. I've completed one TKR in February and scheduled the second in two weeks. Just wondered has anyone else lost weight and did you keep it off and how much did it help in your recovery?
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:21 AM   #2
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Re: Losing weight and TKR

Back in March 09 I joined WW and by my original surgery date I had lost 35 pounds, then by August 09 I had increased that to 55, then I got lazy and gained 20 pounds back. Loseing this weight made me feel great so great that I cancelled my original RTKR scheduled for 6-10-09. After gaining that 20 pounds back I realized that my knee did not get better because I lost weight, and ended up with RTKR on 3-31-10. I have been bouncing around on weight ever since but am still at over 30 pounds down. I do feel better. They say for every pound that you lose, it takes 4 pounds of pressure off of your knee. I think that's true

Good for you for losing that weight and keep it up. I have been getting myself back on track and I believe I am down a little this week. Losing weight is not an easy thing to do, it's almost as hard as TKR
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:58 AM   #3
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Re: Losing weight and TKR

Speaking of weight. I had an odd thing happen. Didn't need to lose, but completely lost my appetite soon after surgery. Got to the point where if I didn't eat that was fine with me. Until people started commenting on how bad I looked. Never in my life had I been told I was underweight. Always seemed to be fighting it. I had to force myself to eat and was actually drinking some of those protein drinks. Well, of course my appetite came back and now I'm worried that I may gain more than I want.
Happen to anyone else? I've heard this is common after surgery. I don't know how much is too much to be over weight before surgery, but know some doctors will not do knee or hip if they feel you are too heavy. Makes sense to not be too much over, especially for knees.

 
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I lost eight of my pounds after my first TKR because of loss of appetite. I did not want anything to eat. This is totally unlike myself because I do love to cook and love to eat what I cook. Losing weight has been extremely hard and this was a good kick in the right direction to get me going. It took about three weeks before I wanted anything of substance to eat after TKR. Doctor said it was pain killers, but I told my friends it was my husbands cooking that caused me to lose weight.
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Re: Losing weight and TKR

Same thing happened to me after RTKR, lost about 8 - 10 pounds. A good thing for sure Hope it happens again
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I lost eight of my pounds after my first TKR because of loss of appetite. I did not want anything to eat. This is totally unlike myself because I do love to cook and love to eat what I cook. Losing weight has been extremely hard and this was a good kick in the right direction to get me going. It took about three weeks before I wanted anything of substance to eat after TKR. Doctor said it was pain killers, but I told my friends it was my husbands cooking that caused me to lose weight.
I totally agree with you - I lost 30 lbs on the percocet/husband's cooking diet. Since I've gotten my appetite back, I am up about 3 lbs. But I'm trying be good again - it's hard because food tastes good. But I am riding my bike or in the pool daily and also back to watching what and how much I eat. I really don't want to get back to old habits (plus I could stand to loose another 30 +)
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There has to be some kind of bonus in having a TKR and I think losing weight is the very best bonus I can think of. If I lose 8-9 pounds again it will tickle me pink. I had gained mine because of some medication I had to take. So, let the meds begin, the new knee start to working, and a new woman emerging.
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Re: Losing weight and TKR

The problem is, as Grumpy stated, after the appetite comes back, you really need to try harder. I find that true even on a program like WW. I seem to be permanently stuck on a plateau
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As much as we all are happy to lose weight it is not a good way to lose since we are just not eating and that is not healthy. I couldn't believe when I put a skirt on and it fell to the floor. That had never happened to me ever. So I suggest even though you are not hungry to force yourself to eat some healthy foods.

 
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Don't worry guys, I had so many friends bringing in good food, there was never a lack of food in this house. I ate, just not a lot of food which is why I lost the weight. Since TKR, I have continued to watch what I ate and cut back on my intake of fats and carbs and eat more fruits and vegetables. This has helped me more than anything lose the weight. The meds helped with the loss of appetite, but I was still eating. You'd have to see me to understand I'm not suffering. About thirty pounds over weight now and working on getting the rest off. I'm going to take good care of these knees now that I've been given a second chance.
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I guess I was lucky then that I was at a normal weight (sort of) so when I did lose maybe eight pounds I had people telling me how bad I looked. The last time I was weighed for a Dexa test just a few weeks ago I was 5'1" and 115 pounds. That means I gained it all back. But that is about all the weight I can handle without being tubby. I fear I will start gaining now that I'm back to eating sweets at night. I simply cannot resist chocolate of any kind.

 
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Barb70 you are my kind of friend. Chocolate makes the world go round. Chocolate on anything makes the world better. We would be really bad for each other. I can not have one piece of chocolate candy in this house because there is no discipline when it comes to chocolate. How I wish I only weighed 115 pounds. In my wildest dreams.
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I will remember not to send you any chocolates for a gift. You are probably taller than me - everyone else is so you can't compare your weight to mine. But once I get over 115 nothing zips or buttons.
Now I am off to the gym to get on the bike. Oh joy.

 
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I had my ltkr on June 22 2010 - doing pretty good so far, was discharged from home care on Wed, start out patient pt on Tues next week. I lost 40 lbs before surgery by doing an online weight watcher thing, and just weighed myself this morning and am down another 5 lbs since surgery. I **KNOW** my ability to move and get around is much easier than it would have been at 260... and hopefully the new joint may last longer.. Mark

 
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Mark,
That's awesome! WW is a good program, I have been a member for about a year, lost 55 pounds, but have put a few back on. This morning I was down 5 pounds, so moving back in the right direction. LTKR coming up this Wed, so I hope that doesn't mess me up!
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