I am 35 years old and have been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in most of my joints.
I just had a TKR on my left knee on July 18th of this year. I also had bi-lateral hip replacements (4 months apart) back in 1997. I was somewhat prepared for this since I went through two hip replacements.
I was in the hospital for a week which included inpatient physical rehab. After surgery, you will probably be put on morphine pump unless you're allergic to it. I got sick from the morphine, it made me quite naseau and they told me this was normal. About two days later, they put me on Vicoden.
I had 30 staples in my knee which was removed two weeks later by a visiting nurse. I also had at home PT for four weeks which included light bending and stretching knee exercises. Last week, I saw my doctor for my 6 week post-op follow up visit and he said my knee x-rays looked good. He then gave me a referral script for outpatient PT. I've only gone twice so far.
I also still follow my at home PT regimen. I have been instructed to bend my knee as much as I can tolerate and am now at about 90 degrees. I do have pain but it usually subsides by taking Vicodin or extra strength tylenol (usually take it a half hour before doing exercise). I alternate between the two depending on the amount of pain I have. Usually I take one vicodin and in 4-6 hours take two tylenols, this seems to work for me. I am also able to drive but not walk long distances.
One concern I have now is that the long incision area on my knee has not all closed up yet. I have one spot where the knee joint bends where the scab fell off and some puss oozed out. The rest of the incision is now a nice long scar which I am putting Mederma on to smooth it out. My doctor saw this at my post-op visit and told me to keep it covered with a bandaid. However, every time I shower, it gets wet and when I remove the bandaid to put another one on, the new scab pulls off and then it bleeds a little and puss comes out of it again. I hope this is normal and am thinking that it's harder for this area to heal since it's right where the knee joint moves. For this reason, I am not doing a lot of heavy exercises at the PT office. They want to make sure that the entire incision is healed first. So, for now I am getting Electric Stim and Ultra Sound followed by light exrcises. Has anyone had a problem with part of the incision not healing as quick as the rest?
I have been out of work since the surgery. My job requires field work so I have been on medical leave during this time. I plan to return to work in October as this is when my medical leave runs out.
Anyway, I hope this answers some of your questions and if you have any more, please feel free to ask! When are you having it done? Good luck with your upcoming TKR.