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I've had not one but both knees replaced (about 2 years apart). The first one was the most painful thing I have experienced, but the second one went very smoothly and I had none of the excruciating pain that I had with the first. No matter how much pain you have after the surgery, it's worth it. I can do so much more now, and my last surgery was only in December 2008. If you have the surgery, be prepared for a lengthy recovery - the knee keeps healing up to 6 months after the surgery. But with good physio, you should be able to do most things within a few weeks of having the surgery.

I was one of the youngest patients my orthopedic surgeon has had for knee replacement. Both knees were replaced before I turned 41.

Good luck to anyone contemplating the surgery - if you want more info, email me. I'd be happy to share my experiences with you.


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5/15/09 3:54 P

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Quarklll - I think that's really admirable that you are able to strengthen the knee to stave off a replacement. I'm in a somewhat similar situation. Have had three knee surgeries and the bottom line is, my knee has major cartilage defects/wear. It's in all three compartments of my knee. A TKR is a matter of time, so the question becomes....when do you trade in what you have for the unknown? There are many things I can do, but generally pay for later, for about a week of pain. Walking/Hiking that I used to do for hours and miles and miles, is down to half a mile before the knee starts the "glass shards" feeling (TKR recipients can probably identify with that). If I behave and am a good girl (both which are against my nature! LOL) I can get by, but all that I've enjoyed has been curtailed. Nope, I'm not taking heavy meds for this (just ibu when I need it) but it is so carefully managed that it feels like taking care of a fragile elder. It's turned me from happy-go-lucky to a nervous nelly lest I have to sit with it up for a week to calm it down. I'm going through another series of Hyalgan shots also....we'll see.
So for now, I'm not a candidate for a TKR according to my OS, however if my life continues to shrink, I'm going to have to do something, no matter if he says, "I'm too young". There is a quality of life issue involved also, IMO.

In the meantime, fighting the weight battle just gets more complicated when one's well being is compromised. Food is such a comfort, when all else fails, thing. But, for now, I'm maintaining.....hoping to start seeing the scale go down again.

Wow, sorry for the long rant - really just wanted to say, keep up the good work on your knee....


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5/13/09 3:13 A

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My doctor told me I was too young for TKR. He gave me 5 shots of Halgon in the knee cap and had me take Mobic for the pain and also I went to physical therapy from my chioprctor. I had to tie an exercise band to a chair and to my ankle and pull with resistance to the center with my knee to strengthen my knee and as it got easier I was to put more resistance. It worked. I will be going for another set of halagen injections again soon. I can have them every 6 months. There is a series of 5, one each week for 5 weeks. My knee feels so much better. The first doctor I went to wanted to do replacement and that is why I got a second opinion because I wanted to make sure. I am glad I tried alternatives to the surgery first. My doctor also informed that cortisone shots weaken the knee and make it porus so he said that will be a last resort just before surgery if I still need it in 15 years. emoticon

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I agree with Sue. I had a TKR in August of 2006. It gave me my life back. It is hard and it is painful, but I was in so much pain before I had it done that it was worth it. I was able to get in and out of car without pain, able to walk again, even went back to work full time (until I retired a month ago and went back to part time - this had nothing to do with my knee).
You have to be really persistant with your recovery and not get depressed about the pain and what seems like the slowness of recovery.
Good luck!

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Hi ladies--

I had a right TKR in October 2007 and it saved my life. I mean it! I was so miserable before the surgery. I could barely enjoy anything.

In early September 2007, I walked into the house with the fresh tomatoes I had just picked from my garden and sadly said to my husband, "I don't think I'm going to garden anymore, it's just too hard."

Now, if you have ever picked fresh tomatoes, still warm from the sun and with a scent like you'll never smell in a grocery store tomato, you know that's one of life's richest experiences. So, for me to be holding my fresh tomatoes in my hands and saying I don't think I can garden anymore...well, it tells you just how terrible I was feeling.

The next week I went to see my orthopedic surgeon again. He had previously told me that at 52, I was "too young" for a TKR. We had done everything short of the knee replacement...meniscus surgery, shots, various types of braces, etc. On this visit, however, he agreed that my quality of life had gone down too far, and we scheduled the surgery for the following month.

The surgery is hard and the pain afterward is the worst thing you can ever imagine. You have to work really, really hard to get your range of motion back.! It is so worth it!

Here are some of the things I've been able to do in the past year as a result of my surgery:

-Double the size of my organic vegetable garden and really work it
-Go on a 5.5 mile peace march (plus many, many shorter walks and hikes)
-Lose more weight because I can exercise more
-Have the strength to work more, so I became an eBay PowerSeller after years of aspiring to it but not being able to make it
-Make real progress in decluttering and getting ready to downsize to a smaller home

This summer my new knee will be in even better shape than last summer, so I'm getting serious about hiking. I've made reservations to go on a 3-day hike in September and I'm going to be working my way up to it over the next several months.

My bottom line advice is, if you need a knee replacement, there's no point in waiting. DO IT!

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4/26/09 12:55 A

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Hi Pam,

Besides the usual lose weight/exercise advice (which is tops on the list) it's very important to think of your quality of life now and what it is you wish to do. TKR surgery requires a good mental attitude- for the rehab is long. It's a must to have a goal, something to work riding a bike, walking a 5K, etc.
I'm 51 and my right knee, due to an injury 6 years ago is shot. I'm still in the process of trying to save the natural knee, but a TKR is in my future. There's an excellent website that has a whole section on TKRs.

There is no "right" age for a should be done when your life has gotten so small that you have little to look forward to because of your knees. "Shiny new parts" can be a great way to rejuvenate your dreams. It's hard work, it takes dedication AND it takes a lot of learning on your part. You should fully understand WHAT the surgery is, what is done, what you need to work on, and how you're going to prepare for it before and after.

It's a great thing! I wish you all the best, keep posting. I believe there are quite a few people that have had this done....on this and other teams. I'm sure there are many people who can help you with advice.


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I too am in the process of a tkr. I have researched it and have found that they said the more weight you lose the better it is on the replacement. So lose as much as you can and make sure that you strengthen your leg that you are having the replacement too.


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Am seriously contemplating going down this road. No cartilage left in both knees. Cortisone shots help for about 3 mo. Celebrex very little. Added Tylenol 4x/day. My PT said to consider the quality of life at this point. Been feeling kinda stuck. 59, + health & fairly active most of my life, 10% would be 158 lbs by June 8, (my Dr. appointment). I find myself being motivated to do what I can to be better fit my then. This winter was bleak...
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