I finally got sprung from the hospital today. They wanted to keep me another 3 to 5 days, but there weren't any beds available in the rehab unit. I was having rather serious difficulties with pain control which was holding up my movement. They want you to be able to press the back of your knee flat on the bed, and have a 90 degree bend at the knee joint.
I wasn't able to tolerate the pain meds so it took several days to figure out what was going to work for me.
The procedure was started by a spinal anesthetic which was kind of cool. When I was in the OR I saw this disembodied foot over me. It took me a few minutes to twig that that was MY foot in some sort of sling thing up in the air. They weren't operating yet, just painting my leg with some orange stuff and drawing on my leg.
The surgery itself went well. My big issue is the muscle pain. There is NO pain in the new joint at all. Hopefully now that I am home I can push myself to get these exercises going and get that joint working!
Our local hospital is a teaching unit. There were student nurses from all levels working on us, with supervision of course. It's a very busy place. We didn't get much sleep. And the food was gross. BUT, we are able to get major surgery FREE so we can't complain to much can we?