Hi Gang, I am 54 years old & still currently working full time as an RN. In August I'm going to have a knee replacement done. Since I haven't worked in Orthopedics in many years I'd appreciate any info about total knee surgery & recovery that you could send me. You may e-mail me .
Thanks in advance, also my doc said that since I'm on my feet alot that I would probably be off for 3 months.
Sep 23, '05
I'm med surg nurse and here's what will happen. When you come back from surgery to the floor you will either A) be relatively pain free for a while or B) yu will be in alot of pain and doc will either order pain meds such as darvocet, vicodin or demerol/vistaril IM shots or you will get a PCA of either demerol or morphine depending on which works best for you. All depends on the physician so you might want to ask the Doc. They might use IVP meds. Our ortho doc sometimes uses drains also, sometimes not, just depends. Almost all of our knees use a cpm machine three x's daily, sometimes nursing will apply this and sometimes physical therapy will, just depends on place and doc. You will have it on for about 2 hours each time. It slowly exercises your knee until you get to 90 degrees with it. We use a polar care ice machine. Your knee will be wrapped with it and it circulates cold water through it, all our patients say this really helps. Physical therapy will get you up first time usually and teach you what to do. Most of our knees say its pretty painful at first but gets better with each day. Some are up and going within a couple of days some take longer just depends on person. Dont be afraid to ask for something if you are hurting. There is no need for you to be in alot of pain. I wish you all the best. Most say it was worth it!!!! I know this is past but thought others might like info on knee surgery
Last edit by momedsurglpn on Sep 23, '05