I had my LEFT TKR op 9 days ago and all seems to going well with the knee. The pain is manageable during he day with pain relief, ice and elevation but find nights difficult as can only lie on my back with operated leg straight. Tried a very small cushion under my knee which seems to help slightly although the I'm sure Physio don't recommend.
I've tried laying soft pillows on the inside of my unoperated knee while lying on my side placing operated knee on top of cushions but due to severe bruising on the whole leg this is not comfortable.
Anybody got any tips for sleeping? Lying with leg straight out gets painful after a while.
Also when I do get up during night and place my foot on floo the pain in my calf, ankle and general lower leg area is excruciating. Tried to explain this to GP but all I can describe is like a thousand hot needles piercing my leg. I assume it's related to a he flow of blood getting back into the lower leg. Also my lower leg is extremely swollen and can hardly get those TED stockings on due to this. It is very badly bruised round ankle and calf so can only assume the surgical procedure has caused this.
Otherwise I'm doing ok and due to get staples out for his week -ouch!!
My right knee was done in 2013 and has been very successful so hoping once swelling dies down my left knee should be the same success- fingers crossed.