I had pain my knees for years. I went to the pool in my community 5 days a week which help me maintain flexibility. I have always been self conscious about my weight and have not been successful in maintaining weight loss and really felt that my knee pain was my fault. Finally, I retired and there was a trip I wanted to go on and I knew I would be unable to do the amount of walking that was required to have a good time. That was the event that made me decide to pursue joint replacement of both knees.
My treatment and recovery
I had recently retired from a healthcare career and knew the importance of being an active participant in my care. I was very appreciative of the preoperative precautions Dr. Whiddon ordered for my safety – MRSA screen, dental exam, CHG wipes, medical clearance, and the use of regional anesthesia etc. I was also confident in my surgeon’s skills because of his excellent reputation within the medical community.
Post-operatively, I tried to use pain medications to assist with early and frequent ambulation. I considered this to be “my work”.
I had inpatient physical therapy while in the hospital and began outpatient therapy 2 days after discharge. After my second surgery, I began using a stationary bike on day of discharge. I completed PT in 4 weeks (3X week) and had 120-130 degrees of flexion at the time of discharge.
I used a rolling walker for about 7-10 days after each surgery. The physical therapist recommended transitioning to a cane but I did not do well using the cane and my balance and walking were pretty good without the cane. I resumed driving in about 2 weeks since I was not taking any narcotic medications by then.
Recovery was hard work but I was very pleased with the outcomes. I can now walk without pain and am able to walk distances without difficulty.
I am 4.5 months out on my right knee and 3 months out on my left. I have continued to go to the pool 5 days a week and I go to the gym to work on maintaining my flexibility and building my endurance.
Although I put off the surgery until I was classified as “end stage arthritis” and had lots of pain for quite a long time, I had the surgery at the right time for me – when I was ready.
TipBe an active partner
Exercise before surgery.
You won't hurt the implant.
Manage your pain.
Do "Heel-Toe" walking.
Work on quad strength