• One year after

    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

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  • The hospital stay

    After my total knee replacement, I took this photo from my hospital bed at 4am the morning after surgery.  I had been wide awake all night and the dawn was symbolic. It felt like a new beginning in my life The philosophy in the unit was that patients in the unit – were not ill

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  • Operation day

    The day of the total knee replacement finally arrived. I had to be at the hospital for one o’clock in the afternoon with the operation scheduled to start imbetween 3 and 4pm. This meant that I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink anything after six thirty in the morning. I made myself a schedule so

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  • Week before the TKR

    The week before my total knee replacement, I took things very carefully. There was to beno 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 dwell

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  • 10 weeks to go

    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 the layout

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  • Prehab-Living

    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

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  • Prehab-Exercise

    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.

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