I am due to undergo my first knee replacement surgery (the other knee needs to be done too) and am fairly anxious. So it would be helpful to hear from people who have had this operation, being honest about the discomfort and associated pain and their recovery journey. So these are my questions:
How long did the pain last for? Did you find the skin over the scar was tight and painful and what did you use to ease the feeling of tighness? How many times did you do the recommended exercises... and was it painful to start with (at which point did the pain begin to ease)?
Straight after discharge from hospital could you walk upstairs without any problems? When were you able to shower and could you stand up in the shower or did you need to sit down? At what stage were you able to sit doown in the bath, and was it easy to get into the bath in the first place? How easy is it to get up and get out of bath?
Were you able to cook yourself a healthy meal (no micowave meals) if like me you live alone?
Were you able to get some sleep without too much pain and at what point did the pain lessened (3. 4, 6, 8 weeks?).
Were you able to put on and remove the pressure stockings easily?
Did the strong pain killers (analgesics) affect you at all, ie: lighheaded or dizzy or nausea, or?
Were you able to drive again without any problem after 6 weeks?
What improvement in your walking ability/knee function have you noticed and after how long post operation did you notice this?
Any other information, advice, idea would be most welcome!
Sorry about ALL the questions.... am really apprehensive and would like to know as much as possible before the operation because I live alone and am wondering whether I should go into a care home for the firsst 2 weeks after discharge from hospital in order to give myself a better and safer start.
So many thanks if you feel able to help, and best wishes to all of you for a complete recovery.