The week before my total knee replacement, I took things very carefully. There was to be no falling down leading to cuts and bruises and no gardening leading to scratches and insect bites as they can be a cause of post-operative infection. I kept very busy socially so that I just didn’t have time to
Two weeks after the outpatient consultation, I received a letter saying that my operation would be at the end of June. Pre-operative assessment The next step was a two hour assessment at the hospital. Beforehand, I filled in a health questionnaire and another booklet about arrangements for my care after the operation and my house.
I was a reluctant patient, but by the time of my outpatient appointment to discuss the possibility of a total knee replacement in April, my knee was getting worse. I was becoming more reconciled to the idea of such a major operation. I also felt that my prehab programme I had devised for myself was
At the start of the year, I had an empty diary which felt uncomfortable. I didn’t know when my outpatient appointment for my total knee replacement would be or when the operation would be I didn’t like to admit it but my knee was painful and my limp was getting worse I had deleted a
I wanted to be in the best shape possible for my total knee replacement as it would lead to the best possible outcome. I knew that medical advice was to walk and exercise within the limits of one’s pain. I also knew that rehabilitation after an operation is easier if you have a good level of fitness beforehand.
I thought seriously about the way I was eating before my operation as I wanted to be in the best health possible in order to face major surgery. If you are fortunate to have a more stable lifestyle, more education and more income, then you are able to make more informed choices about what you