Knee Checklist

Pre-Surgery Checklist

A couple of words on Pain

Ok, what you will go through will smart just a little bit, just kidding it's gonna HURT. I don't care what your pain threshold is, how tough you are, this will wear you down. I have read that knee surgery is some of the most painful surgery out there. That is the bad news. The good news is it will not be chronic like what you are likely going through on a daily basis, AND your doctor will perscribe some medications. Use them! Tylenol will allowed, Ibuprofen, on the other hand, inhibits connective/cartilage growth so should not be used. In the hospital, talk with your anasthegiologist BEFORE surgery. You want an aggressive pain management protocol in place BEFORE you wake up, probably one of the various pain pumps which allow the patient to self-administer some amount of pain medication up to a prescribed limit.

In my case, for both surgeries, I had both an epidural as well as a general.

A word about the primary caregiver

This is as difficult for the primary caregiver as it is for the patient. As the primary caregiver you will need to deal with someone who is in significant pain, has limited mobility at best, after several weeks will be bored stiff, and who is probably wondering why they chose this in the first place. Suddenly the primary caregiver needs to be concerned with:

To make this work, each needs to understand what the other is going through and be patient.

My Typical Day

REMEMBER: EVERYTHING takes longer than you think when you are on crutches

8:30 – 9:30Get up, shower, shave, and dress
9:30 – 10:30Grab a cup of coffee/tea/breakfast, read email
10:30 – 12:00CPM machine, read, watch the news.
12:00 – 1:30workout upper body, ride the bike (with NO resistance) just flexing the knee
1:30 – 2:00Grab some lunch, relax the knee – good time to ice
2:00 – 3:00Time for some NMES
3:30 – 4:30Lie down, elevate the knee, and grab a nap if you can
4:30 – 6:00back to the CPM machine, icing still a good thing
6:00 grab some dinner
Before bedtime, back to the CPM machine and continue icing.