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    PCad TKR Update

    Can't find the original thread about my total knee replacement operation (TKR) on August 6th, so I started a new one. I'm 56 (I turn 57 in early November), long time cyclist, many years of amateur racing, 7-14K miles annually for the better part of 25 years now. 6 weeks post op as of today. My range of motion is about 5-100, and as of last Friday I started riding the exercise bike indoors. Takes me 5+ minutes of rocking my legs back and forth until I can get it round the full crank rotation, but on Sunday I actually spun outside on my road bicycle for 20 minutes in the 39 x 25. Still tough however, I'm on the trainer every day for 20 mins or so. Hoping it loosens up enough for me to try the actual road bike within the next 7-10 days, it should. Pain levels and swelling/edema are dropping, still hurts pretty good sometimes.

    One complication has been an exacerbation of an existing circulation issue in the right leg, my venous stasis wound condition is back (google it). Not that bad, but still very painful at times. Saw my vascular surgeon, he said that would PROBABLY clear up when the swelling/edema (fluid retention) in the leg abates, that can take 4-6 months after a TKR, so he said be patient. He didn't even want to ultrasound the veins in the leg because he thinks anything he might surgically approach now will just clear up in a couple of months anyway.

    So it's going very well, my goal was to be on the road bicycle by Oct. 1, that seems to be well on track.

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    Sounds good, so far, Pcad, this is certainly good news from you. I had been following your thread here, and the 41 thread, also, glad that you are doing well with your recovery, keep the faith, brother, Mt. Doom awaits your attacks.

    Here is the thread you had attached your updates in to: Biking after total knee replacement

    Best wishes on the continued recovery and on returning to cycling as much as you used to.

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    I found that it's better without pain meds, as the pain comes in more gradually.... With the meds, it hits with a BANG, all at once.

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    Hoping for continued improvement, seems like good news so far.

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    Good luck with continued improvement. Are shorter cranks in your future, at least near-term?

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    Keep up the good attitude and wishing you a speedy recovery.

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    Good luck with continued improvement. Are shorter cranks in your future, at least near-term?
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    Sounds like your on the right track Pcad. I cant believe all the guys I know, getting what you got done around here. The recovery time is nothing like it use to be, when I was younger. Which was a long time ago. Anyhow good luck with the riding, it sounds like a winner.
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