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Commander Data
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Who here has had a total knee replacement?
My wife his having it done next week. What kind of rehab is involved and will she even be able to walk at first? She is young and the doctor hates doing one because of her age but she has torn the same acl three times now and they can't fix it anymore. She has also got a torn meniscus for the second time.

We live in a two story house where our main rooms are all upstairs. Will she be able to make it upstairs or should I prepare the basement for her to live down there for a short time? As always, thanks and I know I have come to the right place.


Skaterboi
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
sounds like doggie is out for awhile


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Pedro
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
Girlfriends mom just had it done. They had her up taking a few steps a couple hours after she woke up. She’s stubborn so the rehab is probably not going as smoothly as it should but she’s handling it well.


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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
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My wife his having it done next week.


Tell her to slide instead of trying to get those extra 2 yards


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fightin tigers
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
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My wife his having it done next week


She'll have dem knees at her neck in less than a month.

Fwiw, my dad has had both knees replaced. Don't count on being up a set of stairs in short order, but if she sticks to the rehab results should be great.
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gumbeaux
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
My wife had a knee replacement a few years ago. She and you have a long road ahead. She will be in constant pain for a few days. You will go straight to heaven after all the care she will need from you.

Extensive rehab for several weeks. Rehab starts the day after the replacement. She will not be able to go up and down the stairs for a long time. In fact, the stairs may not be a piece of cake for the rest of her life since range of movement will never be the same.

She won’t even be able to lift her leg for several days. You will have to lift it for her anytime she needs to move. I finally got a rope and made a loop in it. She was able to put her foot in the loop and use the rope to lift her leg. It was a lifesaver especially since I needed to go back to work. I mentioned the rope to others that had knee replacements and they used that idea.

Good luck!


beerJeep
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
Grandpa had one done a few months back. He was walking that afternoon. They live in a one story house though.


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Tigerpaw123
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
Is she having it done outpatient or staying a night?

Either way a full flight of stairs will take some time better go ahead and get her comfortable downstairs

Most people hate it and think they have made the wrong decision for about 4 weeks, then they have an aha moment and while they still have a while to go can see the light

Make damn sure she maintains her extension from day one , it is very hard to regain, do not let her sit with it slightly bent


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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
Humph
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Sponge
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
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the stairs may not be a piece of cake for the rest of her life since range of movement will never be the same.

If this the case with your wife, there's a good chance either she or her physical therapist didn't work on range of motion enough the first month after her surgery.


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REB BEER
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
My mom had 1 done and went well. My dad had 1 that went fine and on his 2nd, he had a blood clot that caused a stroke while he was still in the hospital. That was about 5 years ago and he’s now confined to a wheelchair with little use of his left side.

Good luck, but it would take a hell of a lot of pain before I’d go through it.


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baileydude
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
I had both of mine replaced at the same time. I believe the more it was hurting before the surgery, the less it’ll hurt post surgery. Most of the people going through rehab at the same time I was, were slower recovering than me, but they mostly were a decade older than I was. I was up and walking with a walker the next day and pedaling a stationary bike, but they kept me at a rehab hospital for around a month. Once I was released I could climb the stairs, but was recommended not to do so. By the time I finished out patient rehab, I could climb the stairs easily. Prior to the surgery, I could barely walk with a cane or crutches. Best thing I every did for my quality of life.


Tigerpaw123
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
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but they kept me at a rehab hospital for around a month.


How long ago was that?


Man4others
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
Apparently it’s an easier recovery vs ACL repair.


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2geaux
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
I had it done in mid October. I was up and walking next day. Do all the therapy and then more. The more you do the better. Stairs will be difficult for a couple of mos.


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tiggerthetooth
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
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Will she be able to make it upstairs or should I prepare the basement for her to live down there for a short time?


Aren't there stairs to a basement?


Bonjourno
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
It is a major surgery so as long as she has that expectation, it will be fine. The younger ones usually go one of two ways. They rock and roll quickly or they have poor pain tolerance and are a bigger pain in the ass. The stairs should not be an issue especially since she is young and able. You just go one at a time and rely on the non operative leg to do the work. Helps to have a rail. They seem more daunting than they are. All that should be reviewed prior to hospital discharge or at the least in initial home health. Good luck


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GetmorewithLes
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
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My wife his having it done next week. What kind of rehab is involved and will she even be able to walk at first? She is young and the doctor hates doing one because of her age but she has torn the same acl three times now and they can't fix it anymore. She has also got a torn meniscus for the second time.

We live in a two story house where our main rooms are all upstairs. Will she be able to make it upstairs or should I prepare the basement for her to live down there for a short time? As always, thanks and I know I have come to the right place.


Friend of mine had it done back in Feb and he rehabbed for about 4-6 wks and is fine. Another buddy of mine had it done two weeks ago and is currently rehabbing - good so far but still a way to go.

Question I have is why is your wife tearing her ACL so much? One of the discussions I had with first friend mentioned above was in regard to the ACL and he said the replacement knee does not have one. The ACL in our knee is mostly there for lateral movement stability and in the artificial knee they figure you dont need that much lateral support. Not sure why.

On a good note the friend I mentioned above waterski's a lot and does not have any issue so I would say it is pretty robust.


fightin tigers
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re: Who here has had a total knee replacement?
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Aren't there stairs to a basement?


Yeah, but she can get down those with a simple push


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