Gail Conwell, an elementary school teacher, was having constant knee pain and was told she needed to have both knees replaced. Wanting to complete recovery on the first knee as soon as possible, she forced herself to push through the pain of physical therapy, making sure she followed every instruction carefully. She advises others facing knee replacement surgery to make sure you're in the best physical shape possible before surgery, make sure your home is prepared and you have people ready to take care of you, and most importantly, maintain a positive attitude. It's all worth it when you can walk again without pain.
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THIS WAS VERY INFORMATIVE AND I WISH I HAD FOUND THIS BEFORE I HAD MINE DONE RECENTLY. EVERYTHING SHE JUST EXPLAINED HAPPENED TO ME . EXACTLY. I GETTING AROUND VERY WELL NOW, BUT IT WAS DIFFICULT IN THE BEGINNING. I JUST WISH I HAD COME ACROSS THIS BEFORE I HAD MINE DONE .
Great video Gail. I go in for my TKR and I'm excited about it too! I think it will be interesting and kind of fun. Been through an ACL and 2 other surgeries just fine and I know this is a big one. I agree attitude is important as you demonstrated. Seeing you walk normally at the end of this video is all the inspiration I need. I can't wait! Thanks!!!
I had a metal allergies test done before my knee replacement (due to my dentist telling me I was allergic to a cheap crown another dentist put in). The test in fact came back I was allergic to three metals and it completely changed the course of what prosthetic would be used. In fact I have a size one and a size three (they go all the way up to size 12), one is plastic and is a metal I am not allergic to. I was very, very, happy to have had the test done. My sister's mil has had some very serious issues with her prosthetic knees. I would urge every one to take their time before the operation, do a blood mental test if you have even the slightest question about allergies. My test was about 600.00. But, in the grand scheme of my life, leg and health...600.00 was really nothing what so ever.
Now, I'd like to talk about post-op. I thought I had done all my home work, diligently before the operation. I knew everything that was going to happen. I wasn't worried at all. I totally FAILED to research post-op. I've had 4 kids and been burned in a fire, couldn't be worse right? LOL, wrong...very, very wrong. Being in the hospital was nice...pain pump, IV meds, femoral nerve block. Then I had to go home, no nerve block, no IV meds, just some wimpy ass pain pills. Nearly my whole leg was bruised to a blackened color, from toes all the way to my upper thigh. I was VERY shocking. Though, it didn't last as long as I thought it would have. No one mentioned I should buy a package of disposable urine undies. The urge to pee would come on so fast, and there was no way in hell I could get to the toilet fast enough most times in the early weeks. Also, you need ice packs, loads and loads of ice packs. If you prick those puppies out, they can be very pricey. I ended up making my own. I used the fluff from diapers my son out grew and cotton balls. I actally like the cotton better though. You put hands full in a zip lock bag, put in rubbing alcohol, and then some water, push out the air, zip it, double bag it, freeze. No kidding I have about 8-10 in my freezer. I never have to wait to ice up my knee. I also learned that while I ice the front, I need to ice the back. It swells too. Do your exercises, but, as I have been guilty of, don't over do it. Then you just end up limping around the house or work like a damn pirate on a wooden leg. The first month really is hell. I'm just getting out of my once month time frame. You can do it!!
Mrs. Conwell thank you so much for making this video. I have an upcoming knee and partial femur replacement coming and i'm 27 a mother of three young children (6,1 yr and 7 months) and i am very nervous about it. After listening to you and your success you gave me a lot of faith that i can be normal and walk again. My replacement is due to a giant cell tumor they had discovered so 'im sure the experience will be different but I'm defiantly comforted by your words God bless!( I also am working towards my degree in early childhood education and was worried i would never be able to teach thank you for showing me i can!)
I've had 5 Hip replacements & 1 knee,... Would gladly trade 2 hip jobs for 1 knee; I wouldn't wish a knee replacement on someone I didn't like! Worst Op anyone can have done, I know; I've had 32 General anaesthetics in my life, I am as familiar with Operating theatres as quite a few nurses...
And before you start bagging me about, "How can you have 5 Hip replacements?" Left hip: 1st Ceramic cracked, was replaced, got infected so replaced with a "spacer" that was removed & replaced with another prosthesis. Right hip.. just fine. Right knee,... rotten, needs doing again!
I had knee replacement surgery 3 months ago & still am in constant pain. I am grateful that I can walk but I want to walk without pain. I regret having this surgery at all & would gladly have my old pain back again. At least I could sleep then. If my pain does not go away in a few months I will consider amputation to get rid of the pain. The DR.'s do not tell you the complete truth about this operation and what ever happens to the 10 to 15% of patients who do have complications.
Since my ACL was cut out in 1965 I did continue to play sports like basketball and horseback riding. In the early years I did not have any pain but without the ACL there continue to be damage to my cartilage. In 1985 they advised me to replace my knee. I chose to wait until they got the knee replacements better. Now my new knee has a expected life if over 20 years. I encourage you to get your knee replaced soon as your youth will make the healing much better. Do the proper exercises your Dr. will instruct you. My advise to you is your knee will not get better until you replace it and the sooner the better. God be with you. PS: my new knee allows my leg to move more normal than I could before the replacement. When walking the knee & leg seems fine.
Hi Bob, THanks for your reply. That is a very long time living without ACL. Did you tear any meniscus on this knee during all these years ? Did you keep playing sport ? Nodays they replace the ACL but they say that the meniscus removal is actually what trigger the OA down the line. How long have been living with OA ? How is it living with an artificial knee , do you eventually forget about it ? Can you do sport and long walk and normal activities ?I understand they last for 10 years. Is that correct ? Good luck with it.
If everyone's knee or hip replacements were as successful as Ms. Conwell, I think it would be fantastic! That's what we had hoped for with my mother. Her journey was different. She was allergic the "types" of metals in both replacements. Major health complications developed due to the "types" of metals before it was medically linked to her joint replacements. SteelStandingBook. com shares her story. May everyone needing joint replacements have good health and a great recovery!
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