My Second TKR
My father came to town again to be with me for the surgery. He and my roommate, Carol, brought me to the surgical center at 8 a.m. on Wednesday for a 9 a.m. surgery. Everything went as smoothly as before. Once again, the surgery lasted about an hour and a half and was a big success. The implant fit perfectly once again. I'm beginning to think that has a big influence on how well things go. My surgeon was very pleased with the results.
My family feels like I recovered faster this time. They say I was more coherent and less groggy pretty quick after the surgery. I do remember having some pain for a few hours after I woke up. It seemed like, again, they had trouble deciding what painkiller would work the best for me. It turned out straight morphine shots did the trick. I didn't sleep too well the first night, but the second day (Thursday) I was already feeling better. I had lots of visitors and phone calls, and of course, the physical therapists came and got me up and walking at midafternoon.
That went really well, and I did much better Thursday night and Friday morning. I did so well, in fact, that the doctor agreed to discharge me and just send me home instead of to rehab. I did have to bring the CPM home and I have to be in it 8 hours a day as well as doing my exercises. But that is no problem. As I mentioned, I am already walking without a cane or crutches and feeling great.
Update: March 9, 1999. Pictures! Below at last you can see the pictures from my second (left knee) TKR. As before, just click on the picture to see a larger version.
Here I am in the morning before leaving for the hospital. So happy to be starting the process!
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