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Knee replacement - update

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Tom Strunk, Jun 18, 2009.

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  1. Tom Strunk

    Tom Strunk Well-Known Member

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    Last January I was asking for advise from you all about knee surgery. You where very helpful, I want to thank all that responded again.

    I had the lubrication injections for five weeks, they were of no help as I was bone to bone. There was no other option other than surgery for knee replacement. I was very clear to my doctor that I wanted to shoot trap and hunt birds again, he advised me that I would be a perfect canidate for a partial knee replacement.

    Surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Barnett in Orange, CA on April 15th, 09. I had a PARTIAL knee replacement of the inside of my left knee. These doctors, staff, and supporting specialists were so professional and good I would recommend them to one and all.

    After five weeks and two days I was back shooting with no pain. Knee is still a little tight but is getting better every day. I have 135 degrees of knee motion when I completed my therapy two weeks ago. I am now walking the hills where I hunt quail for about a hour each trip with no pain. Legs are weak from a year and a half layoff, but I will be back hunting birds this September in Montana.

    So in closing, if anyone has been putting their knee surgery off, take it from me, do it asap, you won't be sorry.

    A special thanks to Trevor Dawe ( white rattler ) for all of you help along the way. And a very special thank you to Gene Hapney ( Hap MecTweaks ) he went with me from Arizona to SoCal and put up with me for a week after the surgery, and then drove me home. This man is a very special friend, the kind you only have a very few of your entire life.

    Tom Strunk
     
  2. Damifino

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    Great to hear you are doing so well. Amazing.
     
  3. white rattler

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    Tom, I wish you and your wife all the best. From a true friend Trevor Dawe.
     
  4. craby boy

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    Tom

    Good report I got a new pair last summer, like most things a good work out program before and after is critical.

    Pete
     
  5. smifshot

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    good news. Hope you are on your way to doing all the things you enjoyed before.I has my left knee scoped 3 months ago and am still using a crutch with some pain. Guess knees west of the Mississippi are tougher...or could the MD's be better trained...stroker
     
  6. Bruce Specht

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    Tom, I'm glad to hear that your surgey was a sucess and tha your pain free. Keep walikg and keep moving you will in time increase your range of motion. I know aht a long and painful recovery it was as I've had 5 shoulder surgeries on my left shoulder. The last a year ago a revision of a total replacement that was done 12 years ago. I'm still working on range of motion but every week shows a bit of improvement. You have sime great and caring friends and that sure makes the whole experience a lot easier to deal with. Godd Luck as you go forward breakem all
     
  7. Hap MecTweaks

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    Usually I'm not at too much of a loss for words in most situations but this one threw me a tad off to one side. Tom, it's a pleasure being your friend and helping you out was nothing, just something that needed done and we gottur done!!

    Below is a picture of Tom coming out of the drugged stage right after his surgery was completed. The look on his face is one he often makes when he smokes a bird proper too!

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    In this next photo, those cute nurses have cleaned him up a bit and the first thing out of his mouth was, I'm hungry?? I think he has a tape worm for a buddy too?

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    I could post a couple more pictures where he's giving those cute nurses a line of some kind and grinnin all over and huggin them but I'll hold on to those. Might come in handy sometime? LMAO

    All kidding aside, Tom Strunk is a great friend! An honest as the day is long gentleman and a fantastic sportsman to boot, what more could you ask for in a friend!!

    See you at the Ca. state shoot my friend! Shoot well and givem hell!!

    Gene Hapney
     
  8. Bill Marsh

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    Had a total knee replacement myself. Very glad that I did! If you need one. Get one. Wish I had gotten mine sooner.

    Good for you, Tom!

    The therapy is no fun, but very important so that you have full range of motion.
     
  9. Ahab

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    Tom............glad it worked out well or you!

    Do not shirk on your therapy....do some EVERY day!
     
  10. Tom Strunk

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    Zardozforty - He "was" going to shoot on our squad, I'm rethinking that now that he posted those pictures. What a pal.

    Squad was to be Joe Faherty, Tom Strunk, Dean Adkins, Chris Cefalu, and Gene Hapney. Chris has just decided not to come, so we are short one person. Squad 76 thruout I believe.

    I'll be at Kingsburg on Monday evening the 22nd.

    Tom Strunk
     
  11. Hap MecTweaks

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    Zardozforty, I only recall parts of that shoot, I should have been in a hospital instead. I know there were people in the hospital feeling much better than I was at the time?

    Besides Bobby, Jim and Michael Mazzucchi I don't recall if Tommy was on our squad or not.

    I had a severe dose of Ca. clay bird flu, I think? I was hot alright but it didn't help my scores though.

    This year is gonna be different and I was lookin forward to shootin along side my buddies but looks like I'll hafta go it alone? I always seem to get in trouble with my camera! What if I erase the tape worm statement above, could I still play?? :) Zard, I'll look forward to seeing you on Saturday my friend!

    Hap
     
  12. Tom Strunk

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    Yea Hap, you can still play, I won't hold a grudge. You have done so much to help me thru this knee deal, how could I not forgive you ??


    Your Pal--

    Tom Strunk
     
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    Talk to your Dr. about any concerns with therapy, or how hard a therapist will try and push you. I say do it at your own pace. Don't let any therapist that has never had knee surgery push you too hard. Ask your Dr. first, and go slow.
    I'm in my ninth year with both knees. Nothing but troubles with the first knee. I blame it on the therapist pushing my beyond my limits. I didn't know any better. Did my own therapy on my second knee, and am fine with that one.
     
  14. Pocatello

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    I'm thinking of getting both mine done next month.
     
  15. Tom Strunk

    Tom Strunk Well-Known Member

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    Pocatello -

    Do it you won't ever be sorry. I have had a lot less pain with the replacement than I had with the scope jobs.

    Tom Strunk
     
  16. Hap MecTweaks

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    Thanks buddy!! Just to show my appreciation, come next quail season, I'll help ya out with your limit a time er two?? :) Hap
     
  17. Tripod

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    I have several friends who have had their knees replaced and they all say the same thing. Sore for a long time after, but well worth the pain as they feel new again and wish they had done it sooner.
     
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    Tom - I knew you had the knee surgery - and am glad you are doing so well...good luck in CA - you and Hap! Wish we could be there...one of the best state shoots around!
     
  19. flyfishinfool

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    I had both knees totally replaced a couple of years ago. Both at the same time. Best thing I ever did. You will do fine. My son-in-law is an Occupational Therapist. Typically you will work with a Physical Therapist, not an OT, but he told me something that really helped. Sit in an old time rocking chair on your porch and put your feet way under you and rock back and forth. Then put something in front of you that you can rest your leg on straight out. Then push down your knee with your hand. Those 2 exercises help extend your motion.

    I sat on my back porch, binoculars in hand, and watched birds for hours while doing that.

    Wish you the best

    By the way - my knee surgury was so successful that I am wanting to have a lobotomy and have my brain replaced. The problem is the only donors I can find are skeet shooting Democrats. Hell with that.

    Dan
     
  20. Skeeix

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    I had my right knee replaced 3 times in 22 months. Took the docs that long to determine that I had an allergy to the chrome on the femeral component. also had a scope of the same knee between replacement 1 and 2. Been a little over 2years since the last one and i still have trouble. The doc said it would take time, as 4 surgerys on the same knee in 2 years is a lot of trauma.



    Clyde
     
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