"6 Weeks" is the party line for recovery after a total knee replacement. The reality? There is still a long way to go...
Before I met with Dr. Thorpe yesterday for my 6 week review, I had xrays taken. Then we met and he checked my range of motion... "cold" I was 0 - 115 degrees (I can get to 120 when I'm warmed up). He was pretty happy with that -"cold" at 115 degrees is 2 degrees more than where I started pre-op.
Then we looked at the x-rays...and we compared my "after and before" pictures
[caption id="attachment_2053" align="alignnone" width="433"] "After" with ConforMIS knee implant and "Before" check out the bone on bone. My right knee also shows some arthritic changes.[/caption]
"After" medial side view of my new ConforMIS knee...no more arthritis! "Before" bone on bone...the diseased arthritic parts of the bones in the joint were all cut away...so technically I no longer have arthritis in my left knee. How about that!
Some new exercises from PT this week!
Here is the reality - and what you can expect if you go into a knee replacement STRONG and well prepared. At 6 weeks prior to my surgery date, I started training for the surgery like it was an athletic event with weight training and cycling. It has paid off because my doctor and PTs say I am ahead of the curve of typical recovery. STILL, here is how it looks -
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