So here I am. I’m about to take another journey through another surgery. I’m having a second total knee replacement (TKR) surgery. Some of you may recall me having TKR last great on my left knee. In just a few days I’ll be getting my right knee done.
I’ll admit I didn’t think I would need it. I heard the stories about once you complete the first one you typically have to get the second one done to. Still, I didn’t think I would need it. After all I was felling pretty good.
Then one morning I could barely make it to the bathroom. So, of course I went to see my general doctor first. He gave me a pain shot and some pain pills.
Yea, I thought I was good to go. Not even a month later I scheduling an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon (knee dr). So we took the cheaper route and tried the shot. The shot should last 3-4 months. Mine lasted maybe a month. It was hard trying to make it two more months. I had my year follow up scheduled, so I was determined to wait it out. During that two month time I was at urgent care twice, and had a knot on my knee. Let’s not forget I work in retail too. Yes, there were some rough days.
I did make it to see the Dr. I’ll also admit I just wanted to hear one thing. Yea, I can be a bit impatient. However, I did the X-ray and listened to all the options. You never know what you’ll discover when you pay attention.
After he went through my options I quickly realized I still wanted the surgery. Why? While the other options were a lot less evasive, a little less expensive, BUT a lot lower percentage of working. All those options were about a 30% chance of working. If they worked I’d still be back in about 7 months to a year to have it done again. Still, those are great options if you are unable to have surgery and need the pain relief.
So here I am just under two weeks out to my surgery. I’m probably the only person that’s excited about having surgery. Truthfully I just want to be able to walk without out all the pain. I’m use to being on the go, and I’m ready to get back to that.
If you’ve had TKR I’d love to hear your experience. If you have questions about my experience, feel free to ask. Follow my blog to follow my journey through pre surgery, recovery and the healing process.