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Old 10-16-2015, 11:57 AM   #21
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Many success stories here. My neighbor opted to have both her knees replaced at the same time. That was two years ago. She still doesn't have full ROM and still takes painkillers. She said she did her rehab work as instructed. She just started with a new physical therapist - I hope that helps. She is now 75 and Unfortunately has become less active since the surgery.


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From what I hear, age does make a difference.... my boss was 55 when he got his.... also not overweight.... lots of physical activity..
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It's confidence-inspiring hearing the success stories here. I'm going on 52 and will be due for at least one knee and a hip in a few years. Hoping I can hold off until 60 but we'll see. I can't walk more than a mile or two without pain and discomfort but luckily, I can ride my bicycle for many miles.
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Old 10-16-2015, 04:50 PM   #23
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It's confidence-inspiring hearing the success stories here.
I know, I'm almost certainly going to have one on my right knee. Haven't been able to run for 20+ years and while pain still isn't terrible, it is increasing.

My mother had three knee replacements - she wore one out but that was close to 20 years ago so the newer ones are hopefully much better.
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Old 10-16-2015, 04:54 PM   #24
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In your situation, I would certainly consider a knee replacement sooner rather than later. Quality of life is important.

I would never have both knees done at at the same time. I would feel that was unduly risky. YMMV.
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I explained my symptoms to the assistant and she puts it all on the electronic chart and calls up my old X-rays on the screen...A few minutes later the PA comes in with the sample new knee and explained the procedure -1 month out of work, walker first two weeks then a cane ...whats your time line he asked ..I said as soon as possible. He leaves and they send me for new X-rays (to see if it is worse)

Even this old accounting degree could see the new X-rays on the monitor showed the bone on bone area had expanded. I had an opportunity to study the old ones when I was waiting 15 minutes for the PA. No surprise the the chicken comb injections hadn't worked (yeah that's what there made of) and the ache was worse.

Not long after the surgeon walks in and he also explains it all... I ask what's your lead time he says about a month. Then he says the danger is infection if you get an infection it is terrible...ill have to remove the knee and then you'll wait 2 months... Then we put it back " I say you mean ill be without a knee?" he said yes in a wheel chair. But we keep everything very sterile to avoid that. (not verbatim mind you terror makes me focus on content) I am immediately convinced this guys had a patient who got an infection ...and it was terrible. There was such conviction in the way he said it.

Sweet Moses - a month with nightly dreams of infections (they are terrible you know!) So I'll be googling infections + knee replacements but not tonight. I've got a date with a single malt.

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Not sure if it's the same situation you're talking about, but my Mom went for hip replacement surgery and ended up with a MRSA infection. They had to remove the hip and put in a "spacer" while she got over the infection. Of course, she never did and it eventually killed her, so we don't know what would have happened from there. however, she wasn't all that healthy before she got the surgery. But those hospital-borne antibiotic resistant infections are really nasty. My aunt it also dealing with one, C-Diff, that she got after a fall and back surgery.

I'd get more information about the infection possibility he's talking about. There must be things that can be done to minimize the possibility of catching one of these nasty critters. Good luck.
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Ok so I am in the queue to get it done.. The doctors scheduling assistant calls and says if you want Christiana (bigger hospital) it may not be this year. "The doctor doesn't have a blocked time there...Your not the only one who wants Christiana and with the holidays.... I have end of next month at Wilmington hospital (smaller hospital) I leave it at Christiana" I think about and call back and leave a message I'll take the 19th... Who wants to think about knee surgery for 2 months?

Geeze my knee, thousands of dollars and I get lip from the admin...
I'll bet he will do 5 of them that day...


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Ok so I am in the queue to get it done.. The doctors scheduling assistant calls and says if you want Christiana (bigger hospital) it may not be this year. "The doctor doesn't have a blocked time there...Your not the only one who wants Christiana and with the holidays.... I have end of next month at Wilmington hospital (smaller hospital) I leave it at Christiana" I think about and call back and leave a message I'll take the 19th... Who wants to think about knee surgery for 2 months?

Geeze my knee, thousands of dollars and I get lip from the admin...
I'll bet he will do 5 of them that day...
Congrats on making the decision to go ahead, and I'd agree sooner is better. FYI, graph shows cost breakdown for TKR DW had done in August. Hospital took the biggest part of the pie by far. $34,580 total cost so far, DW was doing so well with rehab surgeon said she could skip 3 month follow-up and just do the 1 year which will probably add another $500 or so with X-rays, etc. Amounts based on HI 'allowed' expenses, which were about 73% of what was billed. Wishing you the best on all involved.
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"..and with the holidays...[meaningful pause: You'd better not be one of those people who don't quite get that The Holidays are when the Whole World Shuts Down....]

I hate that phrase. Along with "You're not the only one who...."

I don't see why they can't just tell you it's not available and leave out the editorializing.
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My mom just had both knees done at age 70. She held off doing it and now regrets waiting. The issue is that by time she did it her good knee had started compensating for the bad knee and had caused other issues...which you may already be doing. She ended up having bigger issues with therapy on her "good" leg than her bad leg and because she waited so long it took much longer to recover.
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I know, I'm almost certainly going to have one on my right knee. Haven't been able to run for 20+ years and while pain still isn't terrible, it is increasing.

My mother had three knee replacements - she wore one out but that was close to 20 years ago so the newer ones are hopefully much better.
Not being able to run was the first time I had no choice but to accept the fact that I was getting older. I wouldn't say it was tough, but it was something of a unwelcome date with reality.

I didn't know that 3 knee replacements was a possibility. From what I've been told, they try to keep it to 2, as each subsequent procedure lasts less time than the last. I imagine if I ever get to my 3rd, I'll be happy to still be around, and not too concerned if it's going to last a long time.
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I didn't know that 3 knee replacements was a possibility. From what I've been told, they try to keep it to 2, as each subsequent procedure lasts less time than the last. I imagine if I ever get to my 3rd, I'll be happy to still be around, and not too concerned if it's going to last a long time.
Sorry, I wasn't clear. She'd had both knees done about a year or so apart and then one of those wore out.

Not the same knee three times, one knee twice.
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I am on the schedule for one at the end of November. Fifteen years of sports officiating high school baseball and football has worn me out!
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I am on the schedule for one at the end of November. Fifteen years of sports officiating high school baseball and football has worn me out!

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I would only do one at a time, to reduce the risk.

Those canned statements folks have about medical stuff is odd sayings that get passed around and I don't believe them. I had a relative who had her hips replaced twice because she lived a long time, she always felt the new hip was much better than the pain of not having an operation.

I would avoid surgery during the Christmas break.
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