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chester490

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Posted: 07/12/13 10:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know this is not a rv issue, but figured some of you might offer some words of advice. I have been told that I need a partial knee replacement on one knee and a total on the other. I know it is a hard surgery, but I was somewhat relieved thinking I would be fixed. However, after getting on the internet and reading a lot of threads, it seems some people are still in pain. they stated they wished they had never had the surgery. Now I am very nervous about my decision. Can anyone please share their experience with this surgery? Actually, if truth be told, I am scared to death.

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Posted: 07/12/13 11:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No experience with knee replacement.

But my Mom did have hip replacement surgery done back in the 1990's. She'd laugh and say she now had the same hip as Bo Jackson (former NFL and MLB baseball star).

No problems with her and she was very happy to have had it done.

Mom was in her 70's at the time, and it did give her some good years.

Please don't take all these forums (like this one! [emoticon] ) too seriously on the Internet. Especially when it comes to health issues. It is almost like that insurance commercial. Seen it on the Internet, it has to be true.

Talk to your doctor is the best advice I could give. The doctor can probably not refer you to someone who has had the surgery (confidentiality and all that) but there would be the best place to voice your concerns previous to surgery.

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Posted: 07/13/13 02:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When it comes to specialists, there are differences. For joints, there are Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy and Chiropractors. The amount of schooling required for MDs and DOs is the same. Not as much for Chiropractors. Surgeons, whether MD or DO, require post graduate work and an internship in their specialty. For MDs, that may be family medicine, surgery, maternity, etc. For DOs, it may be the same, but generally its more about bones and joints.
Remember that a specialist learns more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing. A GP learns less and less about more and more until he knows nothing about everything. [emoticon]


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My brother had a partial knee two years ago. The rehab was a bear, but he's pain free now, no regrets.


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I had a total knee replacement two years ago and wish I had done it twenty years ago.
I'll relate my experience: I race canoes and kayaks and my goal was to be in a canoe one month after the operation, (canoes are open, so it would be much easier to get in one than a kayak.) I was kayaking two weeks after the operation!
The day after I came home from the hospital, I walked around the house and porch with a walker, and then never used it again.
Two days later I walked several hu ndred yards with a cane and then never used that again, and then extended my walk every day.
For the first few days, the only time I had bad pain was in the middle of the night if I rolled over in my sleep.
The doctor told me that because I was in such good shape is why I didn't have any problems. He also said that he didn't have to cut any of the muscle, and was able to just move it aside to get the new knee in, which made for such little pain and the quick recovery.

From what I could see at the physical therapy, the people who were obese had a terrible time, were in a lot of pain and took a long time to get back to normal. While the people who were the proper weight for their height and age recouped much quicker and had much less pain.

I also pushed real hard on the therapy at home as well as at the therapists

Right now two years later it is if I never had a replacement.

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One consideration, I have heard about is your age. The replacements have a limited life and you then have to have it done again.

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I had a total knee replacement and the also had to remove hardware from old injury. The first month was brutal, but as time went on it became the best thing i ever did. As for having to have it done again after so many years, no the doc said they can replace the wear parts in it if i wear them out and expected life of the wear parts are about 20 years. If you asked me a month after i had it done i would say no way but i am now a year and a half its the best thing i have done. One of the problems i had was i would not take pain killers and that made it rough.

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chester490 wrote:

Now I am very nervous about my decision. Can anyone please share their experience with this surgery? Actually, if truth be told, I am scared to death.

I've had both. It's the best thing I've ever done for my knees. They hurt much more before the surgery than they did afterwards thanks to the meds. The meds help for the week afterwards.

IMPORTANT: Do go to the physical therapy to avoid the stiffening which is what causes the most discomfort post-surgery.

Get a good surgeon for the procedure. Don't just go for a surgeon with bedside manners; get one with a reputation for being a perfectionist. I don't care about dr. personalities but I do care that my legs came out the same length and my surgeon did just that.

Keeping you in prayer and I know that afterwards I think you'll feel better than you do now.


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Posted: 07/13/13 08:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have had a knee replacement. If you DO as your told and go to therapy. After the surgery. You will get back on your feet faster. I was on a knee bending machine same day as the replacement.
No second thought about having it done.

Home rehab is Nita's good. People do not work out as they should.


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Posted: 07/13/13 12:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

my wife has had both knees done, 1 year apart. she did as she was told and has had no problems or regrets. Her surgeon said no way would he do a partial knee replacement

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