Anyone had a knee replaced ?

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  1. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    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
     
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  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    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.
     

  3. wittmeba

    wittmeba New Member

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    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.

    http://healthpages.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/continuous-passive-motion-machine.jpg

    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 :)
     
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  4. racer_x

    racer_x New Member

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    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
     
  5. Bootsdeal

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    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.
     
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    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.
     
  7. 25-5

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    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.
     
  8. DFlynt

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    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.
     
  9. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    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
     
  10. wittmeba

    wittmeba New Member

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    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.
     
  11. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I broke my right ankle in 1976. I had a cast from mid thigh to toes for 3 months. To this day, that ankle and leg has less muscle mass than the other leg. And decreased range of motion in that right ankle.
     
  12. partdeux

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    I'm fighting through a knee injury. I glow at night from all the xrays and mri

    In the end, two different surgeons decided to not do surgery.

    At 41, I'm not sure I'd be looking to do knee replacement. They have a limited life, and a 2nd surgery is very difficult. 3rd surgery... forget it

    I've had really good success with applying DMO for soft tissue injuries. It helped me get through the worst part of my injury when I didn't have insurance. Several months of medical care, I've only improved a little bit. When this round of PT ends, seriously considering going back to DMSO and the exercises that don't cause issues.

    Good luck!
     
  13. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I will be going in for arthroscopic surgery in Nov after my vacation . He said now or 6 months from now is not going to hurt anything , the damage is already done and it cannot get any worse than what I have already done to it and its not going to get any better on its own . They cant make me 16 again but they can fix my stability problem . I can be walking along and just fall over if it pops out right now . They refuse to do replacements under the age of 50 unless its an emergency for reconstruction . They will be taking grafts from my hamstring to use and then they will cut up what cartilage is left in my knee so it will turn into larger scar tissue " cartilage " back in the knee to fix the so called pot holes I have formed in those areas . basically I have a hell of alot more fluid than cartilage in those spots where there is supposed to be cartilage . 5K's are going to be a thing of the past for me :( which saddens me alot . but I can get back to normal activities like playing ball and riding a bike again without pain . Wish me luck .
     
  14. notdku

    notdku Administrator Staff Member

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    I had a friend that just had it. I'll see if I can't get him to post about his experience.
     
  15. jgoertz

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    I had my left knee replaced. I was up and walking around without assistance in 5 days. My therapist couldn't believe it. I credit my "good " experience with going to the gym for about 8 weeks before the operation and building strength and flexibility as much as I could. Now I mow the yard, walk around and do normal household stuff without even being reminded of it. No pain and full flexibility. By the way, I'm 6'2" and 300 lbs.
     
  16. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I have never followed up on my progress. Nov 12th I had ACL reconstruction done and replacement cartilage ground up in the joint, so I now have some cushion and not bone on bone . The Dr. told me I would be on crutches until Christmas . I was on Crutches for not quite 2 weeks and they took me off of them . I am now about 90% healed up thanks to lots of P Therapy and hard work thank to the great therapists I have had working me over . Healed up pretty good for a guy 41 yrs old :) Just signed up for my first 5k of the year in May and ready to smoke everyone in my family . My kids are giving me crap about this old man cant beat them . We will see :D Hope everyone on the forum has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year .
     
  17. JTJ

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    About 4 years ago my wife was looking at the possibility of a knee replacement. She had a series of 3 shots in her knee which they said would last maybe 6 months. Not cortisone. I put her on 100 mg per day of Hyaluronic Acid joint support by NOW. She is doing fine now and she will be 76 next month. Does not work for everyone but has worked for her and a couple of others we told about it.
     
  18. Doc3402

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    You need to specifically ask your Dr if you are too young to have this done. If you are still functional, but can't run, jump, and play, you might want to wait. Not too long ago an artificial knee was good for about 10-15 years. I have no idea if that has changed, but it's something you need to know.
     
  19. John_Deer

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    I wouldn't go through with the surgery until you are a patient at a pain clinic. It takes around six weeks to get an appointment at a pain clinic. The surgeon will give you one prescription for pain medication. When that runs out you are on your own.

    A friend of ours had her knee replaced. She was up and around in a few weeks, just as the doctor promised. The doctor didn't tell her it would hurt for a year. Her doctors wouldn't treat her pain. Finally she got into a pain clinic, after suffering for over a month. The doctors at the pain clinic treated her pain . She was back on the job in a week after going to the pain clinic.
     
  20. nosaj

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    I had my knee surgery 16 months ago at 40 years old. They did a patellar graft to reconstruct my ACL. It is still not back to "normal".
    The doctor took me off pain meds cold turkey after 4 weeks and i have had pain ever since. It does not limit me in my work or any daily activities but i can definitely not run or kneel on it. I gave up explaining any problems or pain to the doctor because the answer was always the same...."it will take time and strengthening". I think over a year is "time" and i did all my therapy as well as working out hard on my own. However, i do feel it is still slowly progressing with some setbacks here and there.
    It's not a big enough problem to have them cut me again.....no way.
    Just my $.02