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    [TKR] I took my staples out last night

    four and a half weeks, and I spent the weekend walking around Dallas and Ft. Worth, including the Texas Stadium for the Cowboys/Steelers game Sunday. Now back on the island. Out of pain meds, and can feel that. But the strength and stability of the knee is really great. I have two fully...
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    [TKR] I took my staples out last night

    This was medical tourism for me. No insurance involved. I spent three years researching TKRs around the planet. Once I decided to do it within the USA instead of Costa Rica, McBride became my first choice. Phoenix was a close second choice in the US, but we have relatives in Texas and spent...
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    [TKR] I took my staples out last night

    There are about 28,000 people in the country, spread over 40 islands. There are quite a few photos of it on our blog, if you like looking at tropical sunsets, clear water, reefs, and that kind of thing. I just posted some fresh photos and a couple video clips of Mudjin Harbour, in fact. That's...
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    [TKR] I took my staples out last night

    Ah, a two hour drive. Would that it were only that simple. In my case, it involves making airline, hotel, and car rental reservations, usually at least a week in advance. Then putting the dog in a kennel, driving to the airport, flying to Miami, clearing immigration and customs, flying to...
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    [TKR] I took my staples out last night

    I DO wish I had thought to look and see. It just never occurred to me to look for that info here. But I figured it out in the first couple of staples. All easy after that. LaGringa took photos of it all, but I doubt I will be putting those in the blog.
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    [TKR] I took my staples out last night

    yes, the surgeon that did the TKR is in Oklahoma City. We live in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We flew home while I still had the staples. The doc in OKC asked me if I had someone here who could take the staples out, and I do. We do have regular GP type of physicians here. I asked the doc...
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    [TKR] I took my staples out last night

    finally. I waited the full two weeks as per the surgeons instructions. I found out that when you take your staples out yourself, it would help if I had a little bit of instruction first. They just sent me home with the kit, and of course that was all sealed up in a sterile tray. I found...
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    McBride Orthopedic Hospital in OKC

    I'm not sure how well they're going to match, I think the incision on the new one is slightly to the inside. But of course it's hard to tell while it's all swollen up. we're holed up in a hotel west of Fort worth, waiting for clearance to fly home. I just simply cannot believe how different...
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    McBride Orthopedic Hospital in OKC

    I had my first TKR in Houston in 2009. Yesterday I had my other knee replaced at the McBride Orthopedic Hospital in Oklahoma City. My insurance covered100% of the first one, and I picked a good doctor and spared no expense. They refused to cover the second one, so I spent a LOT of time...
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    Hi y'all

    I actually have not checked in here since yesterday, when I made a post that I now see has been deleted. So, I have no clue what other posts followed it. I can imagine, though. BUT back on what I thought was the topic, I continue to get encouraging news from people who have travelled to Mexico...
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    Hi y'all

    did y'all see this? "The legislation that the House Democrats are expected to introduce Tuesday would prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage or charging higher premiums on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions." That's from todays...
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    Hi y'all

    I think I have decided not to go to India, not because of the quality of their healthcare, but because of costs and logistics. And I spent almost three months on one of the toughest jobs in my life in Pakistan. In the foothills of the Himalayas, up the Indus River, some 60 miles and a few...
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    Hi y'all

    Here's an email I got from someone who had a TKR in Costa Rica. He is another expat, who lives there and decided to get his knee replaced there rather than do what I did, fly back to the USA. "...the knee replacement it is the best thing I have ever done. The Clinica Biblica is the best...
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    Hi y'all

    Saying that there are other places just as good as the USA is not putting down the USA. It's living with the reality that the medical situation in the USA is totally screwed up. It should not cost $ 50,000 for a one hour surgery. Thats outrageous. I've seen the world too. Many times...
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    Hi y'all

    Thanks. She actually has not been complaining much about her back in some weeks. She has this set of exercises she does every day, and I think with the steroid injection, it is helping. By the way, I sent out emails to a number of reference names I got from various "medical tourism"...
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    Hi y'all

    prices are high because we have to fly north to Miami first, and THEN we pay what you do to get from Miami to Central America. Same on the return. Heck, if I was still current I would just fly myself. But my pilots licenses are all rusty. you know, one of the things I have found out in all...
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    Hi y'all

    Yeah, I have passed this on to the surgeons office in Houston. And also, I am looking into alternatives. Right now, India is not in first place. I found info on this Hospital Clinica Biblica in San Jose Costa Rica, that is looking pretty good to me. they are $ 3K more than India for the...
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    Hi y'all

    Well, I continue to fight with the insurance company. Their stance is that I had a scope for a bit of meniscus 22 years ago, and a bike accident five years ago, which tore a ligament, and didn't disclose them so they are not covering anything on that knee. My position is that the scope 22...
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    Maybe someone can answer..

    Thats a pretty interesting question. Prior to my first TKR almost 11 weeks ago now, both my knees were really, really crooked, and it affected the angle of my tibia to my ankles, too. I did not realize it, all those years. I was slowly becoming bowlegged. The left knee was by far the worst...
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    Hi y'all

    This is the wording in the policy manual: "PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS: Pre existing conditions fall into two (2) categories: (a) Disclosed at the time of the application: i. Free of symptoms, signs, and treatment during the five (5) year period prio to the effective date of...

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