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magnusfide

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Posted: 07/16/13 11:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

chester490 wrote:

One more question. would any of you have done both your knees at the same time?

No. It's better to get them done at least a year apart. Most reputable surgeons don't do simultaneous implants now. It makes recovery more complicated.


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Posted: 07/17/13 08:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Two men had this done at our church. One has been limping around for a year, and one is playing tennis.

I'm not sure what the difference is, but I note that the one with the problems probably has a 50" waist, and the other maybe 36"

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One more question. would any of you have done both your knees at the same time?

I would definitely recommend against it. You find out that regardless of your progress, it takes you a while to regain the full range of motion in the new knee. Due to this, I found it hard to place my weight on the new knee for much of the first week. Both knees at one time would most likely extend that time considerably.

With one new knee, I found simple things such as sitting in a chair or on a stool (even with the riser and handles) challenging. Nope not recommend both at once!


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Just make sure you do the rehab and the excersices just like they tell you to do. It will hurt but there is no other way and you will think your never going to be ok but hang on you will


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Also keep in mind that horror stories from operations that were performed several years ago have improved over time. I'm sure that any doctor would tell you that they learn something new every day. The science changes at the speed of light and there's so much more information generally available to Doctors via computers. The biggest improvement is getting the patient up and moving much sooner than they used to.
I drove a friend for knee surgery yesterday. Cartilage repair. In a few hours, he walked to my car using a crutch. Today, he's walking without the crutch. Slow, but walking.


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Deb and Ed M,

All the way to Baltimore 700 miles? Excellence in joint, knee, and hip surgery was only 50 miles away! You may not have known this 11 years ago but it's a news story repeated for several years in the Grand Rapids Press and more accolades again in this June 28, 2013 GR Press story. Tops in the nation for joint, knee, and hip surgery and replacements as it's one of their specialties. Maybe you never heard of this hospital?

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http://www.grbj.com/articles/77214-north-ottawa-ranked-among-top-orthopaedic-hospitals

http://lambert-edwards.com/north-ottawa-community-health-system-earns-high-marks-from-healthgrades-named-among-nations-top-100-orthopaedic-hospitals/

In 2009 my wife had both knees totally replaced 3 months apart at North Ottawa and she's like a kid again about roughly 3 months later. If only an operation could do as much for her back and neck problems! After her 18 total operations so far, she is doing much better than before but it's taken 3 fusions, 4 levels decompressed, 4 metal brackets with connecting plates put in, a plate with 7 screws, lots of other screws and years of rehab. Still has lots of pain most days from old "arthur" as she's 71+ now and she doesn't want anymore surgeries! Sure can't blame her!

We don't go near airports anymore because she's likely to set off metal detector alarms just driving by. haha Actually, she has a thickly laminated 8-1/2 X 11 card with a map of all the metal in her and it makes going thru scans so much quicker as they know exactly where to scan. Going thru detection at Heathrow Apt in London was an experience as they looked at her card, put her in a wheelchair, and simply pushed her around the detectors and said OK and away we went!

* This post was edited 07/19/13 08:40am by travelnutz *


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from my experience (right full replacement 2 years ago) left in a few days. Walking or limping from a bad knee will completely screw your lower back...putting off knee replacement when required will lead to back failure.


If going for knee surgury....get yourself an AIR CAST. It may be under another name but the principle is the same......a large kool-aid type container with a pump on the top and a hose to a Velcro type wrap around your knee water pouch. fill with water to the line , add ice wrap around knee and turn on...........increases water pressure then lets go nice cold wrap that will reduce swelling and more fun than a bag of cold peas

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I have spent the better part of the last two years in rehab / physical therapy (PT) from a ruptured Sartorial muscle (Longest muscle in the body running from outer hip to inner knee) and and repairing right knee. Next month my right Tibia will be re-broke and reset to correct my right knee.

During my time in rehab all the folks with knee replacements came in saying the same thing. This hurts SO bad and wish they never did it. Months later they are, for the most part, happy. The people that were never happy and complained about never doing it again only came to PT once every two weeks. They made excuses why they could not make it, would leave before they did a full session and make a scene when the P.T. hurt. But it is going to hurt no getting around it.

If you are not committed to yourself and your own healing and willing to go to PT three times a week for the two or three hours a day needed and do your home work...Then they are right, it is not worth it. If you are willing to do what needs to be done then it is well worth it. Just do not lie to yourself then blame someone else.

As for fear, natural... The close I get to my next surgery the greater the fear. But you will be fine but it takes time to heal unless you are 20..

JMHO good luck.

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I started taking MSM and Glucosamine that I get from a feed store, not a health food store, a feed store. It is 99.9% pure with no crud added to be sold in a health food store. This stuff is made for a horse but is all natural. You talk about reduced pain and swelling....It is the best. I am NOT a doctor but just stating what has helped me.

* This post was edited 07/23/13 12:09am by CORNFED "5-0" *


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Just thought I would let everyone know I had my surgery and all went well. It took me a while to get over it, but I am glad I did it now. Rehab was a bear, but it really helped a lot. I think I would tell anyone, now that it is over, I do not believe if I had it to do again that I would do both knees at the same time. It was a lot for a body to take. Although I will say that I am glad it is over and that I do not have to do it again. If anyone else is facing this, go for it. It is wonderful to walk without pain. Like the other poster I also am still a bit unsure going down stairs, but that is steadily improving. All of your post really helped me when I was so scared. I just wanted to thank you and let you all know I did well and how much your answers and prayers meant to me.

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Glad to know you're recovering. I guess you know now why most reputable surgeons don't do both simultaneously. God bless you.

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