Mark Moeller…Two Weeks in on Total Knee Replacement Surgery

It has been two weeks since my surgery! The longest two weeks of my life but…..I am continuing to make steady improvements. The worst part of everything for me is having to take all the medicines. It just makes me feel like……well,  like crap! I have extended my time between doses of pain medicine from every 4 hours to every 8 hours +. I am moving around better  each and every day. I am still using forearm crutches to assist in walking, but I can now go up a set of stairs step over step! Coming down stairs is still nothing to write home about, but I am slowly improving. I actually took the stairs up into PT today at Alpine Sports Medicine for the first time. My knees  still feel very, very  stiff but I am continuing to work on it at home with  the CPM machine daily. It feels as if there is no way they will ever get bending easily again! It feels as if they have been set in cement!   I have just been able to sit on a stationary bicycle and get the pedals to go around the whole pedal stroke…granted the seat is up a lot higher than normal and I have my toes pointed down all the way….but it still counts! The staples holding my incisions together are scheduled to be removed in 1 more week. I can’t wait, as they make me feel kind of like Frankenstein.  Still the toughest part is just an overall lack of energy. Even the simplest things take a lot of energy to perform. I am basically just wiped out most of the time. I still have not shaved my face yet because I just can’t tolerate standing up for a full 5 minutes in one place to do so. Anyway, despite my moaning and groaning, I am continuing to make slow, steady progress. I will try and update everyone on my progress periodically. Check back soon for more.


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Alpine Sports Medicine provides physical therapy, orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, massage therapy, and hand therapy services. Our team of physical therapists, exercise specialists, and massage therapists provide each patient world-class, personalized care to assist them in full recovery from injury.

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