Knee surgery

By Turtle Latest Reply 2009-07-25 21:31:28 -0500
Started 2009-06-20 22:51:27 -0500

I just found out I have to have a total knee replacement July 14th. I will be in the hospital for a few days then I will have to go to a rehab center for a few weeks. I will have my computer with me because I am enrolled in on line college and will have to be taking my final class. I could use some support from anyone who has gone through this and won. Please no war stories.

16 replies

apanda 2009-07-25 11:53:01 -0500 Report

I talked to Turtle right before her knee surgery and she was going to be in rehab for about two weeks after her surgery. I'm sure we will be hearing from her soon. Sending good healing vibes your way and hoping for a speedy recovery for both you and Pauline.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-25 21:31:28 -0500 Report

From me too!! I have been so thankful that I had both done in 2006 and am getting around better than I had for over 20 years!! One Dr kept telling me that they weren't bad enough, even tho I could barely limp around!!! Then when I finally got to have them replaced, it was, "Why did you wait so long? we had to build up one bone in order for the new joint to fit in!" hahah—Since I have been reading of so many others who have had communication problems with Drs it has HELPED ME< Thought that they just didn't like ME and were being MEAN!! —You know how that goes!! To finally KNOW that I am not alone has helped me more than I can say!! PR

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-07-25 10:34:08 -0500 Report

I, too, was wondering how you (Turtle) is recovering from your surgery. Mine was a day later. The orthopedic center provided good care, both in the hospital and afterward. I hope you are doing those exercises.

Do you have a Passive Knee Exerciser? My doctor ordered one that I use 2x day, not 3, as being tied down 6 hours is emotionally confining. Have your sutures/staples been removed yet? I was surprised that the doc did that yesterday, and said I could go swimming. (Seattle is facing a heat wave.)

Did your blood sugar spike way up, about 100 points higher than nornmal even though you were only hook up to a saline solution?

I tried to go easy on the pain meds but but the therapist lectured me about the multi-purpose of pills, and to take them.

Here's hoping that you are enjoying the summer gardens!

joanieapple 2009-07-24 22:49:50 -0500 Report

I have two relatives in Ireland, an Aunt and an Uncle, both of them have had knee replacements in their 80's, and both of them are doing sooooo much better with their new knees.

they also have knees that are sized for just women.

When surgeons operate on diabetic patients, they monitor everything even more carefully than for people without diabetes.

You'll be well taken care of and monitored in rehab.

good to have you as friend.

good luck


Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-24 15:24:01 -0500 Report

How did your knee surgery turn out, Turtle? I had one done in Jan and the other in Oct of 2006. I did great for the most part. We are lucky to have a home Health dept in this small town, and they were a big help, came to our home, did exercises, took care of my shortage of oxygen, helped me to get a service that provided that for 3 mos—it was a result of my collapsing, not the knee surgery—-it just intensifed that need.

I kept a box of crackers beside me in bed, so I could take them with my pain pills and avoid an upset tummy, kept a BIG container of ice water by my bedside so my hubby didn't have too many ups and downs to make—-magazines in a basket to help keep me organized in the flurry of blankets, the knee exerciser, can't think what it is called, anyway, I used it as told, with the ice etc—the worst part was being on house arrest (?) for one month before I had permission to drive. I couldn't handle the crutches, had a heart cath shortly before and my chest was too sore. But the walker did fine, had a wheel chair that I alternated with—and rather enjoyed the quiet! also caught up on some crocheting! ha—PR

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-06-23 12:40:36 -0500 Report

I, too, am having a knee replacement. Mine's scheduled July 15, and my husband will be my caregiver. I've heard the same thing as others have reported: do what the therapist says and recovery, though not easy, will be worth it. I expect to continue with an active lifestyle ASAP that includes hiking, camping, and perhaps tennis and riding (if I can find a partner).

Sarguillo 2009-06-22 17:00:49 -0500 Report

Dad did both knees and says it was the best thing that happened to him. Almost as good as sliced bread. He used to fall alot and was in pain, after the surgery, he walks without pain and is enjoying life again. Mom (T2 herself) had one knee done, Becareful of watching your BS while in Rehab facility. I dont think they watched my mom as well as they should have. Just make sure you get a good doctor who will align the joint correctly. Good luck with your surgery.

GabbyPA 2009-06-22 09:04:11 -0500 Report

I have not had it done, but I have heard that once you have it, you will be so happy you did. As some have said, listen to your therapist, and do what they say. It might be hard, but you have to do it to get that knee working right again. Once that pain is gone, you will be dancing!

mamaoak 2009-06-21 19:21:46 -0500 Report

sorry but i have had no experience in ths as of yet. good luke i will keep you in my prayers.

mamaoak 2009-06-21 19:21:37 -0500 Report

sorry but i have had no experience in ths as of yet. good luke i will keep you in my prayers.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-06-21 19:09:53 -0500 Report

I have never had this done but you are in my thoughts and prays. Please keep us informed as to your progress.
Take care Dan

omahapack 2009-06-21 13:48:22 -0500 Report

I had total knee replacement to both knees about 5 months apart with complications not related to diabetes. If one is in relatively good health otherwise and follows the doctor's guidance, there should be no major problems. This is something that should be totally discussed with one's surgeon, honestly and openly. I recovered faster than most non-diabetic patients. I hunt, fish, and hike. I can even out rock'n'roll my teenage grandchildren. I am 62 and was in my early 50's when I had the surgeries.

SusanJ 2009-06-21 13:04:58 -0500 Report

I had mine done a few years ago. I am doing great with it. The only thing to keep in mind is to do what your therapest tells you. You will be fine. You will be in my prayers.

Judimar 2009-06-21 09:56:38 -0500 Report

Hi Turtle,

You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. My aunt went through a knee replacement over 10 yrs ago or later. She is doing great! Think positive, hon.



2009-06-21 05:17:44 -0500 Report

My oldest sister had both her knees done at one time a couple of years ago. She is doing GREAT!! She no longer has to use her wheelchair, is back to being very active, no pain, lots of energy, back to driving her car and using the stairs without the chair lift she was having to use. She actually the life removed from the stairs. Her therapy went great, and her mood and attitude from no longer being in pain has improved tremondously. My sister is 61, in case you were curious about how old she was.

Dancehawk 2009-06-20 23:34:14 -0500 Report

ohh hun we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
just remember not to over do things when you get home.
and keep us up dated or have someone post for you so were not worrying.
hugs and we are praying

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