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O/T Advice on knee replacement.

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Shooting Jack, Jan 18, 2013.

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  1. Shooting Jack

    Shooting Jack Active Member

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    I've had knee problems for several years with a torn miniscus and had authorscopic(spelling) surgery 8 years ago and didn't help. Now it is bone to bone and my doctor said we might be able to just do a partial replacement. That is my concern as I don't want to have to undergo surgery again in next year or a few years later. I haven't been able to find out a lot about partial but what I did find was not that good. I know that these operations have improved greatly over the past few years but would like opinions from others with experience. I'm definitely leaning toward full replacement as a choice. I'm 65 if that matters. Jackie B.
     
  2. chemist

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    If you live near Hospital for Special Surgery in NY, although major inconvenience, that is the place to consider. Brenda , my companion, age 71 had one last March and has had nothing but trouble. She went to a convenient MD who was recommended. She has constant neuropathic pain and limited stability. Her original surgeon has since died of a massive heart attack and she has been advised to try the mDs in NY by her GP. No one initially advised her to lose weight but now they say it might help. On a positive note, a good friend had both knees done the same day, different surgeon, but had been made to have PT and weight loss before the surgeon would,operate. He is doing fine. It varies with the situation. Good luck and this posting should draw many replies.

    Brenda had the syndics, cocks comb, corto shots, etc several times before the replacement. They worked initially but stopped after a while.

    rich k- chemist
     
  3. tomc66

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    I had a full knee replacement a year ago. The new knee now feels 100% normal. I am now playing tennis again.
     
  4. 2500 HD

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    I had a partial knee last Feb 28th. at age 39. The doc did a lateral hemi.(outside half top and bottom) 2 months ago my knee felt as if I have never had surgery on my knee ever. It is doing great!!!!! I wish I would of had the surgery done a year sooner, thats how good it feels. My biggest suggestion is to talk to as many former patients as you can from the doc you want to use. We have another dr. in our general area that has done alot of knees with people have problems. Also the key is the therapy afterwards. I never stopped doing my exersizes. Sometimes it took me 2 hrs to get through them (taking breaks in between each exercise, but as soon as I was done I restarted the routine. Keep it moving and breaking down the scar tissue is the key. 3 weeks to the day after surgery I could walk up stairs 1 foot after another, I hadn't done that for over 1 year prior. Jackie give me a call. Good luck Ken
     
  5. Big Jack

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    I had two full replacements done at same time..figured if one hurt too much I probably wouldn't have done the second, started full rehab about a week later and (knock on wood) have never had a problem since day one. That was ten years ago..was back to work at about two months, shooting at about six weeks, shot from a stool for a starter but that didn't last long. I just wish I had done them sooner. Don't hesitate..the loss of the pain was well worth it.

    Big Jack
     
  6. magnumshot

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    Everyone's different, and other people will have different stories. I had both knees replaced with partial's 12 years ago. I fell slipped a tall printing press landing with my legs straight and damaged the inside cartilage on both knees in 85. Wore bone to bone just on the inside half over the next 15 years. I was only 38, and partials were better for me, as the outside of my knees would remain as natural. Ten years later, one broke, and now I have a full knee on one side. The other half knee is still going strong. Take the advice of your doctor, and get a second opinion from another doctor if you're unsure.
     
  7. Old Texas Marine

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    My wife is recovering from a knee replacement right now. The important piece in the decision making is the surgeon. Get lots of advice and second opinions prior to choosing. There are quacks and there are great orthopods/surgeons.

    After surgery the rehab and quality of the physical therapists become paramount. We found a huge difference in the therapists. Fortunately a therapist from our gun club took over and saved the day.

    This is an important decision. Gather all the info you can and talk to all the people you can before committing.

    Be informed and prepared.

    Semper fi,

    HBT
     
  8. broadwaybill

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    Ihad total replacement on my left knee in may of 2012 and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made.On Jan 24 I am scheduled to have my right done.Dont slack off on the therapy and you will be fine.

    Fifteen two and a pair is four.

    Bill
     
  9. 4N6PE

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    Go for the partial if there is enough cartilage in half the knee. I had bi-lateral medial knee replacements 2 years ago. With VERY consciencious phusical therapy, I was driving and back at the gym on the bike in 3 weeks ! The first 3 to 4 days after surgery were the worst but once over that hump, it got better quickly.

    Now, the only time I'm aware of my knees is when I have to kneel, so I avoid that when I can. The restriction is no running or jumping.

    Ned
     
  10. Pocatello

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    Check out this thread for my comments and others'.
     
  11. Shooting Jack

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    thanks for all the responses. I go in tomorrow and find out what the dr recomends and have decided that if He recommends a partial thats the way I'll go. The sooner the better as fishing season starts pretty soon. Thanks again. Jackie B.
     
  12. Shooting Jack

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    Thanks again. I go in for full knee replacement on Feb 25th. The doctor said is I was 50 he would do a partial but at 65 He felt a full was the way to go. After I asked about a million questions I agreed with him. Dang I'm gonna miss shooting for a while but I have about 10,000 hulls that I can reload. Jackie B.
     
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    You will be glad you had it done. Push as hard as you can to work the movement. I pushed mine every hour to the limit not a lot of reps at a time but didn't let not move for very long. I was walking with out the walker in a week. Had six weeks of therapy they said not to come back for the last week. Good luck and work hard. Tom
     
  14. R.Kipling

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    Man, the only, and best advice you will get is to check out every potential surgeon you're considering. While I've just had one Ortho on my own knee (for a torn Meniscus) virtually every shooting buddy and family member around me have had total knee replacements.

    We live in the North NE but came home to a specialist in Ohio for both my wife's TKR's. She's had super results, as all those with her surgeon. 3 out of 5 of the knees I know have had monster problems, from infections to misaligned joints requiring repeat surgery. All with other, well respected doctors.

    Check out the doc's success rates, talk to a lot of past patients, and review the hospital for post-op complications. One of my shooting buddies got an infection from a second surgery to correct a TKR fit. He was old, but he never recovered and died 2 years later without ever breaking another clay.

    Post-op recovery is equally important. Don't let the PT push you, but don't be timid either. Go at your own pace, and set you own goals. We purchased a Polar Pack ice pump that circulates ice water into a wrap on the knee. It is worth it's weight in gold. Our recovery rates are excellent with the Polar.

    Good luck, with your decision.

    Kip
     
  15. Shooting Jack

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    Kip, not sure of the name but I have a ice water pump in a cooler already that I used some when I had arthascoptic surgery on the same knee for a torn miniscus. I did check out the surgereon named Denny Carter and found nothing negative and he has been doing knee's for ten years. Thanks Jackie B.
     
  16. broadwaybill

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    In about four hours and fifty three minuits I will have my right knee donwill now have a matched pair.

    Fifteen two and a pair is four

    Bill
     
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    Bill, I'm remembering you in prayer and have hope that all goes well. Jackie B.
     
  18. broadwaybill

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    Jackie good luck with yours.Maybe when we are back at 100 % we can have a ladder climbing contest or something.

    Fifteen two and a pair is four

    Bill
     
  19. ljutic73

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    I'll be getting my left knee replaced in April or May...my wife had her first one done 3 years ago....100% now...second one scheduled for her in 10 days...

    Ron Burr
     
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