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Knee replacement
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bob ny    Posted 02-25-2005 at 14:38:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
just got back from dr. says left knee only cure is replacement right may be saved by injection of some sort of lube.made appointment with cutting doc.got to wait two weeks to see him. has any one had the operation could give ne some pointers might help.


bob ny    Posted 02-25-2005 at 16:39:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks guys and girls i know i let this go for too long the bones ahave lost all lube and have worn so bad. the dr looked at the xrays and said
hurts don't it i said yeah can you give me a pill to last a couple years. he laughed so hard i thought he was gotng to wet himself. shoot i thought that was a reasonable question no?


Ron/PA    Posted 02-25-2005 at 16:26:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bob, dad had hip replacement after an auto accident and they advised him that these are figured for about 10 years. Nearly 20 years later, he's seeing some wear and it's bothering him a bit, but at 84 he's convinced he'll make it last. Dr. feels it might well happen since x-rays show the wear isn't too bad. Dad has been very active on that hip, and he's never had a problem 'til lately. I knowwww, that's not a knee, but I just had to get my 2 in.
If you see Grover on here, yell to him, he figured out how to get the young nurses.. Just don't tell Dode! LOL
Ron


Bernie in MA    Posted 02-25-2005 at 15:57:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a total replacement, right knee, a year ago last Dec at age 68. I spent a long 2 weeks in a nursing home, on the knee-flexing machine most of the time, after 3 days in the hospital. I was on a walker for a month, then a cane for about 3. I had 8 weeks of PT 2-3 times a week.It was some painful but not unbearable.I had some unrelated foot problems on that side otherwise PT would have been shorter. I had the Halygan injections the year before which helped for a few months. I had been seeing an excellent arthritis doc for about 3 years and asked him to recommend a surgeon, which he did. The other knee is better now that it doesn't take more of it's share of my weight. I wouldn't hesitate to have it done if got to catching and snapping and hurting like the fixed one did. The only thing is I'd opt for is going home after the operation. I don't want to see that nursing home again til I'm dragged in there. Hope this helps.


deadcarp    Posted 02-25-2005 at 15:55:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
few years ago they had trouble with blood clots up to 2 weeks after surgery - so they changed blood thinners & mobilize them faster now. here, they're upright the next day - strapped but rotated upright. they do knees every day now. :)


ret    Posted 02-25-2005 at 15:32:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
it has been seven weeks ago I had a partial knee replacement. You are talking whole knee. Did he say the whole knee is gone? Anyway, everyone will tell you the recovery is terribly painful. I got my 8 week appt with doc next week to see if I should still hurt, cause I do. Maybe age don't help the recovery, unfortunately. I can tell you that almost all who have had this done wish they had not waited so long.
REt


Donna from Mo    Posted 02-25-2005 at 14:56:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Those injections only work if you have some cartilage left. If it's bone on bone, forget it. The only reason I'm putting off a knee replacement is my age: I'm from a long-lived family, and I'd like to wait as long as possible, since replacements are only good for 10 to 20 years.

I had arthroscopic surgery, and did get some relief.


Zenia    Posted 02-25-2005 at 14:53:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think for the most part, knee surgery is very, very sucessful. I hope it goes well for you, you will feel like a new person without knee pain. I knew an older guy who had knee replacement surgery, and 15 years later he still felt great. A key I think was he still maintained a healthy weight and exercised.

My mother had both knees replaced, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. Twice. Just make very, very sure you check the credentials of your surgeon. My mother went with the surgeon who said sure, he could do both knees at once. I tried to encourage her to do one knee at a time, but she wanted it over with.

We found out later that the surgeon had complaints against him already. Her recovery was awful. Well actually she never recovered. Her knees came out splayed, so her legs were at funny angles. She had to have both knees redone. The surgeon who redid them was an excellent surgeon. But it was too late, long story. Her circulation had been badly compromised, which is very, very bad for a diabetic. Her malpractice lawsuit against Kaiser was settled just a couple of months before she died. I'm sorry to be a downer, and I am sure this is not your situation at all. But I know my mother had an incredible trust in doctors, but they are just human. Some much better than others.


j    Posted 02-25-2005 at 14:43:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
The physical therapy is the worst part. I tore my knee up and had to go through 50 sessions(I think I still hold the record at the therapy center). By the time I was through, I could not stand my physical therapist....I think she was part Satan! She would have me flex my knee as far as I could....when I could take no more she would flex it more....I could have slapped her many times! Knee replacement physical therapy may not be as bad though.


Zenia    Posted 02-25-2005 at 14:55:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
My mother called her PT Nurse Ratchet, lol. She did throw her out, but I wish she had stuck with it.


midway    Posted 02-25-2005 at 15:32:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife had both her knees replaced, not at the same time. After the operation they had her knee in a machine that kept bending her knee, then the PT worked on her for quite a few weeks. I believe the PT helped her a lot. She can't play football, but she doesn't have the pain like before. Now last August she had to have a hip replaced, said it was a lot easier than the knee. My brother had a knee replaced, didn't get the PT treatment afterwards, he has trouble walking.


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