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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by KayeKaye, Jul 8, 2012.
53, but only put it off till this year because of insurance.
I'll be 59 next week, and my BTKR surgery is in 15 days (not that I'm counting!)
I am 58 and having mine done next month, age was never mentioned, I also had a hip replacement last year at 57. The age thing did come up with my rheumatologist, only because she was wondering why I had such bad joints at this so called younger age. So that made her look harder and found out I have chondrocalcinosis which is calcium crystals that grind on the joints. So I think I will be getting even more joints in my future.
Both at once. Unless you have other health issues then youth is on your side for BTKR because you are younger and fitter than the usual patient!!
Surgeon older than me... As has been said, you guess right: you need to find a new doctor.
I agree see another doctor when we are 85 might be like star trek and beam knew knee in, now is when you want to live life.My doctor is older and still working i packed work in because of knees told him this and then put me forward for tkr.
64 - old enough!
56 for me. Surgeon said he treats me and not my date of birth.
Also said its not cancer, it won't kill you but it is affecting your life
Well, I guess I just lucked out. I was an old broad who'd just turned 68 when I got my hip done, then got both knees done the month before I turned 69.
Of course, you understand that in my mind I'm just 35.
I am 39 and just had the second knee done 2 week ago. you need to find a different Dr. on who belives in QUALITY of life rather than Quantity of life.
I like that prospect. Or they just wave that wand thingie and regenerate the whole thing.
I was 57 and I had to fight to get them to agree to the surgery. I was constantly being told I was too young. Even in the OR I heard I was the youngest patient they had for a TKR but mine was being done by the VA so I had to fight with goverrment red tape. I won the fight and got a new knee. so don't give up keep looking someone will listen
You need another doctor! That's awful. I believe I may even have to write a letter to the board of orthopedic surgeons about that dr. I am 54 and my Dr. didn't blink.
That is a tremendous attitude! That attitude will help you along the way and through recovery!
Thanks, Tim. This forum and the great people that have shared and talked me off the edge are a blessing!
KK- Also want to add that with this wonderful new knee- I "FEEL" like I am 40!
Before my TKA, I 'FELT' like I was 99!
Thank you again all of you. You have made it so much easier for me to know I should do this. I did find a doctor at Mayo clinic today. He found that my kneecaps are deteriorated to the point that I can have this done any day I choose. He said it was a "no brainer". Finally.
Well, when my left knee was done I was 44. Then had birthday and had second knee done at 45 and again two weeks later, because of infection. Then I turned the ripe old age of 47 and had the third and final complete surgery on my right knee! So age is just a number, it is the quality of life that is the best part of all!
I would have kept looking if they told me I had to wait until I was 50! I had no quality, only quantity back then. Even though the inside muscle is having to be exercised back into existence, I wouldn't do anything differently! I love living and walking on the anti-gravity treadmill so much, that I will pay to use it when therapy is over!
I haven't ever heard of doctors who want you to wait until you are 70. I was 50 when I smashed my knee up, and when it was repaired they told me that I would need a TKR in the future. I was told to manage with it for as long as I could, and if I could get to sixty, so much the better. My TKR is taking place on 30th of this month, and I will be 61.
For God's sake, some people don't even make 70.
Thank goodness you found a sensible doctor.
That was my thoughts, I need to live now, if I can't dance on tables when I'm 75 and need another knee then I'll deal with it when it happens,, I could be dead by then!