Hi All! My first post but have been lurking on the boards for awhile, reading about everyone’s experiences. This time it’s me and I’m going through a world of trepidation, jittery nerves, fear, relief, and quiet panic, mostly trying to prepare for surgery and proceed ahead methodically with one foot and knee in front of the other. Thanks for sharing your stories, I realize reading through this forum the outcome is not always successful, but it does make it somewhat easier to know that many have come through it with flying colors and I hope to be one of them. My goal is to enjoy traveling and day hiking once again, or even to take a trip to the grocery store without grimacing. This is my first knee surgery ever and have waited far too long as even the simplest of things are painful, and going up and down stairs normally is only a dream. Plus, now my poor left knee is protesting as it compensates for the right knee. Problems arose with both of my arthritic knees in my 40’s and a replacement was recommended for both of them at that time, but I could still live life and decided to wait. Unfortunately, I’ve waited a little too long. Now the description of my right knee is bone on bone with multiple large bone spurs and varus deformity. Sound familiar? This forum has been invaluable in choosing my OS and in my surgery preparation. With my BoneSmart list of questions in hand, I consulted with several OS who all are extremely experienced. When asked who they would have do their own surgery if it was needed, the OS I chose was spoken highly of by the others, and mentioned especially for those patients with metal sensitivities. That brings me to where I am now, my right TKR will be at the end of May, and because of metal sensitivities confirmed through a Lymphocyte Transformation Test (LTT), it will be the Oxinium Zirconium knee.