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Old 10-06-2012, 03:54 AM   #5
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Smile Re: Knee replacement with epidural or spinal what was it like?

Originally Posted by cejayb View Post
I feel 'as usual' in myself. I also was nervous...terrified would perhaps be more honest as from having nil ill health in my life this is the third major surgery in 5 years and I am over it!! I am 100% lucky though as I have had no pain other than when I exercise for the greater range of movement and that is easily bearable. I had 90 degrees immediately so it is a case of improving on that. I am walking without aid, staples came out yesterday and I am working hard on strength as not driving is hard as we live in the 'sticks' and my husband does not drive any more. I am obviously wary and mindful so will take it gently but becoming more confident every day.There were powered boots that vibrated under the soles of the feet for the first couple of days to guard against blood clots - along with the usual stockings. [light rubber gloves brilliant for getting these on and off] With your reaction to anaesthetic I think that the spinal/sedation would be ideal but when it's over you won't know yourself.
Hello cejayb,
It is so good to hear you are doing so well with your new knee. I have heard so many bad stories of knee re-placements and the out come not being very good but i think that many people are not properly prepared for all the hard work with physio after to get that knee working. Were you awake quite quickly after the surgery and do you remember anything of the procedure my surgeon has said that the sedation given can be light enough to just feel sleepy and relaxed or out of it!! Did you require alot of pain killers directly after surgery or were you quite comfortable given that you had just had major surgery? Sorry for so many questions only there is no one better to ask than someone that has just been through it.
I wish you a great continued recovery and i hope you enjoy your new knee for many years to come.
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