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Just wondering if anyone out there has had knee replacement surgery.  I have a consult with my doc tomorrow to set up a date......needless to say, I'm very apprehensive.    Looking for feedback......I'm not afraid to hear about the pain and the rehab.    Just curious as to anyone else's experience.  No need to respond here, as some may be uncomfortable....so you can write me at my  e-mail  -  jandi811@aol.com  or janet.dichiara@prudential.com.


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Janet,

My best buds father in law had a partial years ago. He is in his mid 70s and kicks my butt on the mountain bike......wish you the very best of luck in it!

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Hi!
I've never had the surgery but two people in my office had it and one even had the two knees done and  they are  walking around pain free. 

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Janet,

I had my right knee replaced two years ago.  After 4 previous knee surgeries (including ACL), replacement was my only option since I no longer had cartilage in the knee and I was experiencing constant pain.

The good news is that the knee is strong, I have full range of motion thanks to rigorous   rehabilitation and NO MORE PAIN.

The bad news is that the rehabilitation is painful and time consuming.  YOU HAVE TO STICK WITH IT!!!!! It is half the battle and if you do not do it, the scar tissue from the surgery will inhibit your range of motion.   The other thing I have to warn you about is these replacements last 12 - 15 years and then you will need another one. Lastly, I travel 30-40% - be prepared to spend allot of time at airport security.  The doctors will give you a nice card that says you have a surgical implant but security does not care - they will do a separate search on you.  As a lady, you may not be happy with the scar that runs down the middle of your knee - it did not bother me for obvious reasons. 

Good luck - if you want to talk to me, please e-mail me and I will give you my office phone.

Dan

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Dan,

How has the new knee affected your "athletic" side? can you bike? Hike? Ski? Swim? what limits have you personally experienced?

Barry


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The people that I have known who had the knee replacement done said that their only regret was that they waited so long to have it done.  They were relieved to be free of the pain.

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I just wanted to thank everyone who has shared their experiences re knee replacement.  The best I've heard, repeatedly, is that I'll be pain free once it's all over......and that rehab and PT is very important.

I will take everyone's advice and best wishes with me once I enter the pre-op time period, surgery and healing process.  Looks like I'll be scheduling it for late February/early March.  Have to work on losing some weight and strengthening my legs prior to undergoing the surgery.

Thank you again everyone.......you have helped put my mind at ease.


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Barry,

Athletically all is fine.  There are a slight mechanical feel to my knee when I first had it done but after healing, I can play racket ball, walk a golf course and I do not anticipate biking being a problem.  I also use an elliptical trainer regularly and no problem.

Nothing like ones own knees but I am happy the pain is over.

Dan
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Originally Posted by JanetP67
Just wondering if anyone out there has had knee replacement surgery.
'm very apprehensive.  
Looking for feedback.
I'm not afraid to hear about the pain and the rehab. 
Just curious as to anyone else's experience. 
No need to respond here, as some may be uncomfortable.... - 


Closest I had to a knee replacement for the loss of a leg below the knee.
When I first was admitted to LI Jewish. there was a lady down the hall who lost both legs.
Twice a day she had to get her stumps cleaned.
Twuce a day she'd be yelling something terrible.
I was afraid that thing was going to happen to me.
It didn't.
At bed time I would ask for pain medicine because it helped me to sleep.
I did have some pain after my surgery.
But it wasn't all that bad.

I can't say the same will happen to you either way.
Best thing would be to ask your surgeon
and anyone you can find who went thru it.

Good luck when it happens!

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When I read a story like yours, mine doesn's seem too bad.

Thanks for the good wishes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

J
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Another friend is scheduling knee replacement for the end of the schol year.  He was telling me that the latest model is rotational and ensures full use of the knee, including singles tennis and skiing.

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Kevin, my doctor did inform me the device is the new one with rotation.  Single tennis and skiing???????  Haven't played tennis in about 30 years, and I've never skied, so don't think I'm going to start now.  I would love to be able to bowl again, and shooting hoops would be nice (though that's another story because of my shoulders).  And dance pain-free........woo hoo!

Thanks again for the support and info.  Believe me, "pain free" is the consistent in all messages I've received...I'm so looking forward to that.

Janet 
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You've never lived. I'm especially good at apres skiing.

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A little apres skiin' back in the '80's.

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There were usually more people at Mahogany Ridge then out on the Mountain  


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