Since joining this forum earlier this week I have been posting in the recovery forum. But I thought this post would be more appropriate on this forum since many people here are getting ready for surgery or they are still trying to decide if they even want to have the surgery. If you are young and thinking about knee surgery read this: 5 weeks ago I had a LTKR. This followed a RTKR that took place 9 months earlier. I just want to post and tell everyone how excited I am to have two new knees. The recovery on my right knee took a lot of work and there was pain and there is still work to do. I am in the early stages of recovery after my LTKR and expect more of the same. But I am excited and I already feel like I have won the battle but just have to let the rest of the game play out! Why? There are parts of life that have been out of my reach for a long time now. As a kid I loved sports. I played everything. Then at the age of 15 I tore some cartilage. I had that repaired and then I tore a ligament and it just snowballed from there. By the time I was 20 I had 5 knee operations behind me and any sport that required running, jumping or even jogging was no longer an option. I no longer had the ability to do any of those things. Soon after, I started feeling the early stages of arthritis and simple things like walking or standing were difficult. Over the next 20 years I had problems keeping weight off and started seeing some negative health issues like blood pressure. Thanks to strength training and non-impact cardio equipment like elliptical machines I have been able to fight back. However, walking around the mall or walking my dog around the neighborhood was very difficult and very painful. Finally in September of ’09 I went to see an orthopedic surgeon again. At the time I was about 6’1 and 230 lbs with a fairly muscular build. While my knees were in a lot of pain I had learned to disguise it over the last 20+ years and it was not noticeable to someone when watching me walk or move about. Before I saw my OS I had x-rays taken and he had a copy of them on his hand-held computer. He walked in and laughed as he looked at the images of my knees. He said he told the Physicians Assistant that the x-rays must have belonged to someone else because it was not possible for these knees to belong to the guy that walk into that room. He said they are worse that the 70 year old man he just scheduled for replacement. So we talked about the risks and then we talked about the benefits…getting my life back, enjoying the ability to go on long walks and many other things that most 40-somethings take for granted. I was on a path to obesity, diabetes, etc. Not only were there quality of life benefits but there were health risks to consider. I thought about it for a week and then I went back to see the OS because I wanted to schedule the surgery. We scheduled the worst knee first (my left but it was a coin flip really) and it was going to be performed Christmas week of 2009. We decided on OTIS. Then the FDA put OTIS on hold so we rescheduled for March of 2010. In February of 2010 some bone fragments became lodged in my right joint and mobility was no longer possible so we changed our plan and operated on that knee instead and scrapped the OTIS plans for a traditional procedure and implant. The surgery was a success and by October I past most of the pain and swelling and I was back in the gym and doing a few miles per day on the elliptical machine but my left knee was still killing me. So I decided to move forward with the LTKR over Christmas of 2010. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the comment “you had your knee replaced? But you are so young!....”. Well getting your knee replaced is a decision that you need to really think about. There are risks and there are benefits. I have said more here than I probably needed to but the point of this post is to let everyone know how excited I am about spending the rest of my 40s… with my new knees. I already have trips to Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Alberta scheduled for this summer. I will be able to enjoy this trip in ways that I have not been able to over the last 15-20 years. More importantly, every day activities like walking my dog, walking from one building to another at work, going to the mall with my wife are not going to require finding a bench or place to sit every 5 minutes. Everyone is in a different situation and a TKR is not always the best choice. If it is the best option the timing may not be right for one reason for another. For me I have no doubts. This procedure was needed and it was needed at this point in my life. Good luck to all of you who are getting ready for your TKR and good luck to all of you who are in the decision phase. One final thing…after reading this board it appears that I am a late addition to the 2010 March Muskateers as well as whatever the December group is calling themselves.