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How can you sleep on side after total knee replacement surgery?

How can you sleep on side after total knee replacement surgery?

Pillow: There is no physical reason preventing you from sleeping on your side. You might try a pillow between your legs if you find it uncomfortable while your knee recovers. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Total Knee Replacement (Definition)

Total knee replacement: a surgical procedure in which damaged parts of the knee joint are replaced with artificial parts. They cap the end of the thigh bone , under surface of the knee cap and the top surface ...Read more

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How long until my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

How long until my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

It depends: Full recovery after knee replacement usually takes more than a year. Most patients reduce their use of pain medicines within two weeks of the replacement, by 6 weeks they are comfortable and usually by 3 months the knee is fading into the background, and life doesn't revolve around the new knee. Everyone is different and this is a general time line. If you are concerned tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Exercise
45 Min, Daily, forever
Try a hot shower before bed
Once
Avoid using electronic devices 2 hours before bed
Once
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What is involved in knee manipulation after total knee replacement surgery?

What is involved in  knee manipulation after total knee replacement surgery?

Forceful bending: A total knee replacement that has not regained adequate knee flexion after surgery can by treated with a manipulation under anesthesia. This procedure involves the manual disruption of fibrous scar tissue that can sometimes develop within the knee joint. Dedicated range of motion exercises, with a physical therapist and done independently, are critical to the success of this procedure. ...Read more

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Is pain still normal nine weeks after total knee replacement surgery?

Is pain still normal nine weeks after total knee replacement surgery?

Yes: It varies quite a bit. Some parltients do really well even within a couple weeks of surgery, while others dolly improve over several months. If your surgeon is happy with how your knee and X-rays look, I would not be too concerned. Hopefully you will soon turn the corner and start feeling better. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to bed at the same time every day
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Wake up at the same time every day
Once
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
Once
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
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Muscle spasms after total knee replacement --very hard to sleep! does this make sense?

Muscle spasms after total knee replacement --very hard to sleep! does this make sense?

Yes: After knee surgery, the knee will ache at night and make sleeping difficult. It may get "restless" and cause muscle spasms in the 1st 2 months after knee replacement. This should gradually resolve. ...Read more

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Only use your bed for sleep or sex
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Do not eat or drink 2 hours before sleeping
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Turn off all noise-making devices
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Make the sleep space as dark as possible
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What are some exercises i can do after having total knee replacement surgery?

What are some exercises i can do after having total knee replacement surgery?

Range of motion: Work on getting full extension by placing pillow under your heel and pressing down on your knee to get it flat. Also. Work on your file ion as much as you can. Getting your range of motion back is the most important thing you can do for yourself. Then, focus on strength later. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone(femur), the upper end of the shin bone(tibia) and the undersurface ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more

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