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What Is The Popping I Hear After Knee Replacement Surgery
When will I be able to walk after knee replacement? How soon after knee replacement surgery will I be able to walk on my own? .
When will I be able to walk after knee replacement? How soon after knee replacement surgery will I be able to walk on my own..
No!: Knee replacement surgery can be done with various types of anesthesia: spinal, epidural, nerve blocks, and general anesthesia. Only GA involves a breathing tube which might irritate the airway. So knee replacement carries a low risk for hoarseness. However, it is rare even with GA. The breathing tube is a smooth flexible plastic. Experienced anesthesiologists use them all the time w/o problems. ...Read more
Lots of things: Ice it a lot. Get a knee sleeve ice machine and use it when ever you are sitting down or resting for the first 6-12 weeks. I can't stress how much these ice machine sleeves help. Bregg makes a great machine. I believe it is called polar tec. Do lots of isometric quadriceps contractions. Elevate it when your not walking around. Ice after any activity for 10-20 minutes. Where a compression sock. ...Read more
Your: Your doctor has provided you with the ted hose as a means to decrease the possibility of deep venous thrombosis or to address issues you may have with swelling. If you have problems with varicose veins he may want you to wear them on a long term basis. If it is as a measure to avoid blood clots in your legs he may just want it for a couple of months. Only your doctor can give you the most definitive answer. ...Read more
Yes.: It is completely normal, it is because of metal and plastic moving over each other. ...Read more
See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
How long after knee replacement surgery can you go back 2 playing sports. I, m fit and well most of the time though I can get pain now nd again.
Post TKA pain: The most severe pain is in the first 48 hrs. It should gradually start lessening after that. It depends upon how much deformity is there pre-op. Also pain is a subjective measure. Usually minimal pain by a month. ...Read more
Yes but confirm: Hip replacements are put in via several different surgical approaches. Each has its position of instability of which your surgeon is aware of and tests at the end of the procedure. Avoidance of extreme positions is a good rule of thumb, and asking your surgeon what position to avoid is best. ...Read more
My husband, after knee replacement surgery in feb, 2011 still has general pain and trouble walking. His other knee is now not functioning properly.?
May not be knees: The problem may not be coming from the knees themselves. Many who have knee arthritis also have lower back arthritis. Low back arthritis can result in spinal stenosis, which results in chronic leg pain, weakness, instability, difficulty walking. If his surgeon says the knees look like they're functioning well, then look for another pain origin, such as the back. ...Read more
Strength: Although most pts are limited with pain prior to a tka, doing excercises to build-up your quads will help. This can be straight leg raises and wall sits. Practice using a cane or crutches as well. Building up your iron stores with a MVI (multivitamin) or eating greens will help limit any affects of postop anemia. ...Read more
Total knee recovery:
Full maturation period for a total knee is 12-18 months. This is to achieve final full motion ; strength ; the fluid motion you will have for many years to come. Most people will participate in 6-12 weeks of formal pt.
However, somewhere between 4-12 weeks, people generally stop their formal therapy and continue there lifelong maintenance exercise program. Best outcomes require regular exercise. ...Read more
Yes: Knee replacements can provide years of pain-free activities. The more aggressive the activity, the greater chance to cause problems down the road. Think of them like tires-how you treat them will affect their lifespan. Impact activities like running will shorten their lifespan, while knee-gliding activities like skiing place less stress on them. Chose your miles carefully! ...Read more
No: Most recipients of total knee replacements are in there 60s and 70s. The 4 main considerations are whether your quality of life is affected significantly enough to warrant a knee replacement in your own opinion; secondly if you have failed attempts to get you better non- operatively; thirdly if there are any medical contra-indications; and finally if you are a candidate for one. ...Read more
Physical therapy: The post surgery rehabilitation is as important as the surgery itself. It is important to regain range of motion early to avoid the development of scar tissue which will impede further progress. Once this has been done, the knee can be strengthened. Post knee replacement rehab can be done in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Expect about a 3 month recovery period. ...Read more
Knee injections: Actually we have injections of a material that is similar to your normal joint fluid that can be done. Although they do not eliminate the need for joint replacement, they can postpone the need for joint replacement in some cases for years. ...Read more
What are the chances of the surgery changing from a partial knee replacement to a full knee replacement?
Both have become: Very common and routine procedures. These have the best outcomes done by surgeons who do a lot of them. However, a lot also depends on the status of the patient with obesity, malnutrion, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, osteoporosis, presence of autoimmune diseas such as lupus, clotting disorders, prior blood clots or dvt, varicose veins and deformities in legs all having an impact. ...Read more
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