What you should know to prepare for a knee replacement

This post has nothing to do with the subject of this blog, but is posted in the hope that it will be of use to someone.  If you are planning on a knee replacement, or know someone who is, you may find this document (linked just below) that I wrote on the subject after mine, to be useful.

Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Knee Replacement Surgery

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2 thoughts on “What you should know to prepare for a knee replacement

  1. Thanks for posting this. I know people who died post-op from embolism.

    Now I am more convinced than ever to wait with my damaged knees until I just can’t walk.

    Glad to see you got through it.

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  2. I had both my hips replaced before age 53. Your comments regarding knee replacement, surgery and recovery are all extremely valid, especially regarding opioid constipation. That was the worst part! Especially since the hospital (best in the region!) could not understand what goes in must come out; the rehab center was left to deal with it. Frankly, the relief from arthritis was so great, I would rather do without pain meds (I’m allergic to NSAIDS, I’ll go in to severe facial swelling and airway closure.)

    Home recovery tips: measure your bathroom door and your walker before surgery and find out before a strong need to urinate if the walker fits through. Trimming trees and dragging branches are not recommended post surgical exercises. Everythin you mentioned about bathroom accessories is true; expect to deal with floor floods with each shower. Gunsmithing your 1911 is good therapy, especially if you put the .22 RF conversion on it.

    Recovery carry tip: a fanny pack holster is a godsend. It works with sweatpants quite well and with a small 9mm or 45 ACP can be good to have should trouble bother. It also can carry wallet, car keys and cell phone (And tac light).

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