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  1. referee54

    TKRs and our fast food society

    Many of us here in the US of A are rather used to getting things fairly quickly. We have adopted a "fast food mentality" to almost everything---not only restaurants, but also oil changes, banking, dentistry, grocery shopping, etc to name a few. Almost all of us, however, have to understand...
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    TKR: work “smarter” and not “harder”

    Too often we fall into the mindset that “If I work really hard at this, I will recover so much faster that I can get my life going again. I will amaze myself!” Then what happens is that we try to work harder, and we paradoxically do not see the progress---we get frustrated and work even harder...
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    TKR surgery - WARNING: real life photos

    Tell your families that this is what they did to you during surgery: 1. They gave you various types of anesthetics and more or less knocked you out. 2. They sliced you open (my incisions are about 9" in length.). 3. They sawed off two bones, and they were not gentle about it. 4. They...
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    TKR: Where are you in recovery?

    How many of you have been in a shopping mall or an amusement park and have seen a map that says, “You are here.” It tells you where you are so you can locate what you have to do in order to get to where you want to be. Well, here is more realistic chart of the “You are here” for a TKR. Too...
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    TKR recovery and an analogy to athletic training

    When we begin recovery, most of us cannot wait to push ourselves to show the world that we can not only beat the odds, but also regain our lives as fast as possible. We must add many PT's into this equation, as well---many feel the need to push us to the point of pain and beyond---and many of us...
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    So, you wonder what you can do after a TKR or a BTKR?

    As many of you know, I work pretty much full time on a produce farm. I hop up and down from tractors all day long, and here is something that you may be able to do after a TKR or a BTKR---unloading a wagon full of pumpkins. That wagon has 3600 pounds of pumpkins on it---nearly two tons...
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    Life in the slow lane

    OK, now that you are out of surgery and home, it is time for the realization to set in; this rehab is going to take longer than you would like it to. We Americans are used to getting things done quickly (I would imagine that our friends "across the pond" do, as well.) We can hop on...
  8. referee54

    Five “P’s” of knee recovery

    Many people facing a TKR or a BTKR, or many who have just returned from the hospital from the TKR or BTKR may be wondering what it will take to successfully recovery and reclaim their lives. While some have uneventful and smooth recoveries, some, like me, had a frustratingly long recovery---and...
  9. referee54

    Password Issues

    I wanted to change my password, and, since I automatically signed in, I had forgotten it. I tired to reset my password, and Bonesmart said that they sent me the email to do so---but I have never received one---and I tried three times. I believe I have the issue of the password worked out...
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    Bilateral TKR What Can You Do After Your TKR or BTKR?

    Many folks have a very active lifestyle---we baby-boomers are not willing to go down without a fight, and we are not going to give up what we enjoy doing so much. My wife and I heat our home with a woodburning stove, and I routinely fell trees, cut them up, split them and stack them for much of...
  11. referee54

    The "I Agree" sign

    Just wondering why it went away.
  12. referee54

    TKR The Need For New Shoes After a TKR or a BTKR

    Many of us, after a TKR or a BTKR, wonder why we are having a somewhat painful time when we begin walking in earnest---and we forget something that is very, very, vital---that our gait has been dysfunctional for quite some time. There is a saying in athletics that "mechanics is muscle memory."...
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    Eight-Year Anniversary

    Eight years ago today, I underwent my BTKR operation. Recovery was longer than I though it would be (sound familiar), but I can tell you that it was very, very much worth it---I am more active now than I was two years prior to my BTKR. I can tell you that my recovery took about eight-nine...
  14. referee54

    Bilateral TKR So, you wonder what you can do after a TKR or a BTKR?

    As many of you know, I work pretty much full time on a produce farm. I hop up and down from tractors all day long, and here is something that you may be able to do after a TKR or a BTKR---unloading a wagon full of pumpkins. That wagon has 3600 pounds of pumpkins on it---nearly two tons...
  15. referee54

    TKR Question on physical therapy and pain

    Welcome to the forum!! We are very glad that you have found us, and we will do everything we can to help you out. Ask any question or pose any concern, and we will give you the answers that you need to get to where you need to be. While five weeks seems like long enough time, you are still...
  16. referee54

    Bilateral TKR Seven years Ago...

    Seven years ago today I had my BTKR. My recovery was tougher than I would have imagined it to be---and longer, too (sound familiar?) I kept wondering when---if ever, would I lose a limp---that took five months or so. It was six months before I was at 80%-85% and eight months before I was at...
  17. referee54

    "Not connected : Too many connections"

    This is what I have been getting from time to time when I try to log on.
  18. referee54

    Live Operating Room TKR Video from November 19 2013

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer---Cleveland's newspaper, presented a live feed today when Dr. Louis Keppler performed a TKR on a patient at 10:30 this morning. That is correct; you could watch the TKR in real time as it happened! Unfortunately, I had to teach, but I was able to pull this up if you...
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    Bilateral TKR It's been six years

    Six years ago, at this time, I was getting prepped for my BTKR. My recovery was longer than I expected (aren't they all!) but I can tell you now that there are days when I actually forget that the knees are not mine from birth! No pain, great ROM, and a lifestyle that, in all senses, is not...
  20. referee54

    TKR Lose the Work Ethic!

    Many of us have a tremendous work ethic---and for several reasons. I can still remember, to this day, my father saying to me on the morning of my first day on a “real job”, “Give them nine hours of work in an eight hour day.” I believe that many of us believe that we are judged sometimes on how...

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