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purehavoc 08-20-2013 12:55 PM

Anyone had a knee replaced ?
I go in to talk to a orthopedic surgeon tomorrow about a knee replacement . Im not looking real forwards to this but I need something done , I have had to change my life style because of it and would like to get back to doing the normal things in my life . I used to run 5Ks , play softball, race bikes, etc but all this has come to a halt the last 4 years . I have put this off this long and continued to make it worse. MRI last week says I have a torn ACL , cartilage damage in my left knee and osteoarthritis in both knees. Looking for some insight on how long it takes to get back to 100% after a replacement. By the way I will be 41 yrs . in a few weeks

mountainman13 08-20-2013 01:28 PM

I've known a few guys who have. I think it depends alot on the individual. I've seen some guys that were up and about in a week and a couple who never walked right again. To be honest with your list of issues you've got nothing to lose. Hope you heal well and quickly.

wittmeba 08-20-2013 01:50 PM

Wife has had both replaced about 2 years apart.

Best recovery was from the first. She had a machine looked like this. It was a rental from the therapist. It is adjustable as to how far your knee bends. It will run all night while you sleep constantly exercising your knee. If I recall correctly they say to use it about every 4 hours for 1/2 hour. She didnt have it for the second replacement and didnt recover as well.

Do your exercises and you should be fine. Good luck.

I keep hoping they come out with a replacement cartilage (meniscus) and I may consider that but Im not up to a complete knee replacement. I need both done too. I had a reconstruction in 1976 and was OK til I got active again - softball, soccer, etc and I was back with problems. Mine started from motocross and dirt bikes. Crashed too much :)

racer_x 08-20-2013 02:16 PM

I had a little work on mine once.
Cracked or torn meniscus cup, was off my feet a little over a year waitin on insurance fight, by the time I got under the knife the doc called it heavy debridement.
Was back trying to walk a few days after with a lot less pain. I lost about 2" of girth in that leg. The muscle was the hardest to get back.

I think the recovery depends on how healthy you are, age , your drive to get better. I used to call the rehab joint "the house of pain" but it got me back to normal.
Its been about 6 years with no troubles

Bootsdeal 08-20-2013 02:44 PM

Probably depends on your age. My wife had both done. Results only fair on both of them. It's ended our outdoor hiking, camping activities. Before I personally would do it, the pain would have to be unbearable, and I'm pretty good with pain. Guess it's better than crutches or a wheelchair, but in my opinion, that'd be about all.

winds-of-change 08-20-2013 02:53 PM

Well, a lot depends on the skill of the surgeon and the type of knee they are putting in. They must be fitted perfectly and different models might fit different people better. I would research the surgeon's success rate and pick and choose my doctor and my hospital to have it done at.

I worked with a woman who had very poor success with her replaced knee. She was a mess and had a couple follow up surgeries to try to fix whatever was going on on in there.

But all the other people I know had great success. I would have it done if I needed it. Most people I know who had knees replaced (and hips for that matter) you would never know. And for the majority of them, it has changed their life for the better.

25-5 08-20-2013 03:08 PM

Ask the doc about injections of chicken comb. Not a joke. It may be an option. I had it done to both knees and it works. Time to do it again if it still applies. You can google it.

DFlynt 08-20-2013 03:37 PM

Purehavoc I can sympathize with you, my knees have reached a point where the only permanent option is replacement of both knees. As a temporary measure they do a cortisone shot in each knee every three months, helps but for 3-4 days after the shots my blood sugars are out of wack.

My Mom had one knee replaced it took about 6 months for her to recover (she was 72 at the time). she spent 3 weeks in the hospital's live-in rehab facility getting PT and learning how to properly walk, climb stairs and so forth on the new knee.

purehavoc 08-20-2013 03:57 PM

Most of the discussions I have had is they dont really want to do a replacement under the age of 50 . I am 41 years old and I have been told that the replacement will not outlast me and that is their goal . At this point in my life Im ready regardless if it needs replaced later in life. Im not getting any skinnier not being able to do the stuff I enjoy. Like playing basketball with my kids or just going for a ride on the bicycle

wittmeba 08-20-2013 05:10 PM


Originally Posted by racer_x
Was back trying to walk a few days after with a lot less pain. I lost about 2" of girth in that leg. The muscle was the hardest to get back.

Yeah, atrophy is terrible in leg muscles. I was in a cast from my crotch to toes for 8 weeks. When first released from the hosp I could only put my finger tips down the top of the cast. After about 7 weeks I could almost touch my knee from the top. That was not good. Never did get the muscle back even with PT, weight bench and jogging.

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