Partial Knee Replacement
Hi All! I’m 18 days out from a PKR (left knee) and wanted to share my experience so far. This forum has been incredibly helpful for me as i both prepared and recovered so i thought it only right to share any feedback i have. I am 42 with Psoriatic Arthritis. Grade 4 OA in the knee. I had been experiencing so much pain with stairs, sleeping and doing anything other than cycling.
Preparation for either a PKR or TKR. Get those quads fired up! I spent a year on a stationary bike and boy has it paid off!
95% of your recovery is mental fitness. You need to be in the right head space going into the op and recovering from it. This was the best bit of advice my surgeon gave me as i had been very down with the pain i was experiencing. When recovering, remember you’ll have good and bad days. Accept this and celebrate the wins; big and small.
ICE, PHYSIO, REST. REPEAT. All three are equally important and ice is your best friend. Be militant with the ICE, PHYSIO, REST routine and commit to the physio programme you’ve been given - it will help you get that range back much quicker and will be the difference in how quickly you recover.
Take the pain meds in the first 7 days to help you with your physio - don’t be a hero. You’ll thank yourself!
Sleep when you need to and don’t fight it. This is your body recovering and is a vital part of the recovery process.
Day 7: I tried a 10-15 minute walk outside with my partner (and crutches) on the advice of my physio. Take it slow and easy and try and repeat every day.
At day 14 i was able to walk up the stairs unaided with a normal knee bend. I was SO happy.
Staples came out at day 15 and this was a big relief. This has also helped me stretch even further.
At day 15 i was also put on a stationary bike and day 16 onwards I’ve been doing a 20 minute scenic ride on my Peloton. The first minute is tough - I’m not gonna lie. But your muscle and knee will stretch out and after that first minute i move my knee with ease.
Day 18 (today) i walked down the stairs unaided with a normal knee bend. Another BIG milestone! I also added a 30 minute walk to my physio routine. I am now resting again - resting is a big big part of the recovery (something I needed to learn!). My dressing also came off today - great to see the progress from day 1 of the wound too!
From a meds perspective i am now off any painkillers unless absolutely needed in the night (this tends to be when it’s most uncomfortable as the knee has worked hard in the day).
Everyone’s journey will be different and it’s important to remember this. Don’t kick yourself (not that you can anyway!) if you don’t have a good day. It happens.
I hope this is helpful to those of you consider or just about to go through PKR/TKR - Happy to answer any questions if you have them! Big thank you to those who have shared their journey and helped me.
The journey continues!