Hi my name is Fiona and I live in Kerikeri, New Zealand. I have osteoarthritis in both knees and have been waiting for five years for replacments. I had a fall in 2005 that took 18 months for the issues that were at first thought to be a problem with my back and hips. The problem did not get better and then they decided that the problem was my knee, a referal to a specialist and a clear out of the knee and then (what to me was the worst news) I had Osteoarthritis in my knee. Then another fall (in which I fell so that I did not land on the left knee) ended up damaging the right knee and having another referal to the specialist, another clean out and again the bad news of another knee with Osteoarthritis. My surgeon did not want to do a knee replacement as he believed I was to young and too overweight. He was right about the overweight as I 5foot 3 inches tall and weighted at that time 135kgs. In the time since the first visit I have worked my way down to 104kgs, I would love to have lost more but it is hard to carry out any long session of exersice when the pain rules your life. I am now walking with two crutches, on OxyContin 20mg 2xdaily, OxyNorm 10mg 1xdaily, I can not take anti-imflaitory drugs, they caused gastric reflux, cortisone injections stopped working a year ago so they are no longer a help. I work full time and am the bread winner in my family. It is hard to cope with every thing that is going on at the moment.. So here I was sitting waiting to make it to the waiting list for the operation. July 2009 I got the notifiation that I had made it to the list and was to have my operaton in 6 months time. I was informed on the 11th January that my operation was scheduled for the 28th January, all of a sudden it has become a reality and I am not sure that I am ready for this. What is going to happen, what can I expect, how will I cope. :th_yahoo:It a happy, scary thought. I have the bought the Total Knee Replacement & Rehabilitation (The Knee Owner's Manual), written by Daniel Burgioni and Jeff Falkel I have found this really good but I would like to have any help, comments, advice from people who are going through this at the same time would be greatly apprciated. Looking forward to hearing back from you.