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  1. J

    Anything I can do or get started on before my consult?

    Do some research and prepare a list of questions. Some things to ask about might include surgeons experience, number of surgeries performed annually. Does he think knee replacement is the most desirable alternative for you, what other options might there be? Ask him to describe the surgery the...
  2. J

    Prehab strengthening..

    You may be limited but there are still things you can do. I did a recumbent bike because I could - plus a series of stretches and and leg lifts in my hot tub. You have to determine what you personally are capable of without too much pain or swelling at this point. As noted, strengthening arms...
  3. J

    When is the right time for knee replacement?

    Opinions are cheap, true knowledge is expensive. I had my first knee replacement 2 years ago and like many of us I got a lot of opinions and free advice. This is a difficult decision to make and only you know how bad you hurt. If you choose surgery, it won't stop there. Family, friends and...
  4. J

    Hip or knee?....that is the question.

    I think you should discuss both issues with a single doctor and see what he thinks. Pain can radiate and a bad knee can cause hip pain and visa versa. My minor hip pain completely disappeared after the knee was replaced. But sometimes not. Let the same surgeon look at both the knee and hip...
  5. J

    Rehab & Recovery Question

    Who knows how it will go for you as we are all different but here is my experience. 4 years prior to my TKR I was told both knees were bone on bone. One was much worse than the other but they were both painful. I begged my surgeon for a bilateral and he refused. He told me we were doing the...
  6. J

    Will I at least lose some weight during this process?

    Sadly, like Jockette, I did not lose weight post surgery. I had worked hard prior to surgery and lost 40 pounds over the course of several months. I had friends bringing food for the first few weeks and I'm sure that didn't help either. I think it is a highly individual thing whether you lose...
  7. J

    What's best option for drive home from hospital

    I'm sorry, Jockette. You got a rough deal all the way around. Some hospitals have something like this, some don't. Most of us have little to no experience with this kind of thing before surgery and having someone with experience walk you through the bed, car and stairs when they can see what...
  8. J

    What's best option for drive home from hospital

    You might be in a hospital that provides some help with learning to maneuver. My hospital had what they called the gym. I was told beforehand to measure the height of both my bed and my car's seat and they had models of both they set to the correct height and the PT helped us practice getting...
  9. J

    Gel/ ice packs

    I'm going to go the other way on this one. I had ordered an ice machine but it got back ordered at the last minute and I didn't get it until a week after my surgery. I had been using gel ice packs in the meantime. I honestly didn't like the ice machine as well as I liked the ice packs. I didn't...
  10. J

    [TKR] Getting back to hiking and climbing.

    Excellent progress! It will be 2 years for me in July and like you, I was quick to get active again but it seemed much longer until I was completely pain free. Honestly it was well over a year. Not bad enough pain to stop me from doing what i wanted but it was there now and then like when i...
  11. J

    Been rescheduled !!

    Hopefully you will get some instructions before you leave the hospital sometimes it is called physical therapy or occupational therapy. My hospital had a "gym" wth bed and car seats, shoer chairs set up. They asked us to measure the heights of our beds and cars beforehand and they set them those...
  12. J

    Feeling out of options :(

    Get second opinion and a third or fourth opinion if needed. It was amazing to me how different one surgeons opinion was from another. Try to find a surgeon with some experience with younger patients. I'm not as familiar with how it works in your country but you need a referral to someone who...
  13. J

    Dear god what now?

    My take is; see more than one surgeon. Ask some hard questions about the surgery and what he thinks you will be capable of afterwards. I was going to my same old orthopedist for years and thought I knew my options. A change in insurance forced me to find a new surgeon and it was the best thing...
  14. J

    Another year, another runaround

    One thing i found was there really are a wide variety of opinions out there and just because one surgeon wont do somthing doesnt mean none of them will. When you see the specilist, ask for a referral to a surgeon with experience replacing younger knees. If you read the stories here you may read...
  15. J

    Dental clearance?

    Call your surgeon's office and run it by them. You may feel better knowing what they say. Or if there is a problem ( there may not be but different surgeon's have different protocols) at least you will know as soon as possible to rearrange dates. Good luck!
  16. J

    [BILATERAL TKR] Hot knees - 2 month update

    I had no cramps after surgery but before surgery they got bad at times. I think it may have been a reaction to steriods for me. Potassium and magnesium helped mine but it depends a good deal what's causing the cramps. Stretches, heat (on mid thigh or midleg where cramps are)or changing...
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    [TKR] x2 Knitmama's Recovery Journey

    It may not be ideal but some of us go back to work pretty quickly. I spent a month completely off work and after my 1 month checkup i was told i could start back part time. The fifth week i did about 10 hours divided up into a couple of hours at a pop. I run my own business and i could set...
  18. J

    Two Bad Knees

    My right knee was far more painful than my left although xrays indicated they were both bone on bone. The right knee started bothering me a few years before surgery but my left one started acting up maybe 9 months or so before my right TKR. I really wanted a bilateral. My surgeon refused. He...
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    Need some postive re-inforcement regarding Conformis knee

    I had my conformis knee done about 18 months ago an i am very pleased. I read some of tne same data you did and freaked too. I did a few months of research and decided to go ahead. Did you know the majority of brands of knees have had recalls and or lawsuits at some time in the past? The...
  20. J

    Knee replacement age 34

    I won't minimize the recovery. It is fairly painful for the first month or two and it was a more than a year to get as good as I was going to get. But I was able to get through a normal day by the 3 month mark and I consider that a good tradeoff for 20 or more years of good mobility. If I have...

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