Looking back a year after my total knee replacement, what have I learned? I realise I’m fortunate. I didn’t have a terminal illness or a long term chronic condition but end stage arthritis in one knee that could be fixed. Before the operation, my world had narrowed and now it has widened out again and
At the start of 2018, 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 year’s
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