“Having exhausted all usual forms of treatment for relieving knee pain, with little success, I conferred with my orthopedic doctor, Kevin Tadych, regarding knee replacement surgery. Being well aware of my history in this regard and upon careful examination of x-rays, he agreed that a partial knee replacement was the next best option to rid me of my persistent knee pain.
This was an outpatient surgical experience. I arrived at the surgery center at approximately 7:00AM. Approximately 5 hours I was home, laying/reclining on my favorite chair, recovering from the surgery. During this period I was mobile with the use of a walker. I experienced mils pain, swelling, and discomfort during my initial period of at home recovery, but with the use of prescribed medication/drugs I was able to keep all under control.
Some unfavorable parts of the healing process were discomfort while sleeping/ sitting… used a separate pillow to rest the knee on. Not able to shower or bathe for one week (sponge bath only). Bouts of constipation/ diarrhea… effects of medications.
Following post operative instructions in the use of a rented rehabilitation therapy equipment, within 5 days of surgery I was mobile without the use of any device… walker, cane or crutches. I briefly used a cane as a safety device when going out in public during my second week. Confident I had no further need for therapy equipment, within three weeks I discontinued its use. During this period I also exercised my knee with the daily use of a stationary bike. In less than one month (after surgery) I was able to resume my daily walk (short distances), in addition to doing normal chores around the yard.
Seven weeks have passed since my knee surgery was preformed, and I am back to my routine of walking a mile or so each day with minor knee discomfort. I do at times experience mild swelling and soreness when i exceed my limits which reminds me that I am still healing from the surgery.
In summary, I am pleased and very satisfied with the successful outcome of this perhaps, “too long delayed procedure (79 years old)”. Before surgery, Dr. Tadych expressed confidence that he could help me to regain my mobility. I am pleased to say he succeeded.”