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Tips for a Successful Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Journey to Knee Replacement Surgery

No one wants to have surgery, but sometimes, we have no choice. The pain in the knee, shoulder, or hip is unbearable, and all you want is to hopefully be pain-free one day.

I am not a medical professional — I am a coach. This article is based on cold, hard facts of my husband's joint replacement surgery. It was quite an adventure, and we learned a lot along our journey. We continue to learn each day.

I acquired so much information that I thought it was best to share with others and hopefully help to ease their apprehension regarding surgery. I learned tips and tricks of the trade from nurses, techs, doctors, and our surgeon.

If you are a caregiver or member of the team, as I was, this information will help you. I will refer to you as the coach. You are a vital part of the healing process. Your patience with the patient is mandatory for a successful surgery.

Always remember there is always sunshine at the end of a storm. One day, you will look back at your experience and be very thankful you got 'er done.

This photo was taken by me, the day after total knee replacement surgery at Florida Hospital East Orlando.

This photo was taken by me, the day after total knee replacement surgery at Florida Hospital East Orlando.

Cap & Mike during pre-surgery Physical Therapy

Cap & Mike during pre-surgery Physical Therapy

Preparing for Total Knee Replacement Surgery

First and foremost, I cannot stress enough the importance of pre-surgery physical therapy (PT) for your knee. My husband, Dave, went to PT for five months before his surgery. He had at home exercises, which he did religiously. At the start of PT, we had hoped that therapy alone would strengthen his knee and that he could forego surgery.

In his case, PT didn't, but it did help in many other ways. Therapy strengthened his core, his hips, his quads — the muscles surrounding his knee — everything except for his actual knee. All the muscles that were needed for a speedy recovery were prepared for action. When it came time for surgery, he was already ahead of the game.