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activity level after replacement

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Gene Jackson

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I officiate high school basketball, 3-4 games each week, and am wondering if I have knee replacement will I be able to officiate again or will those days be gone forever. Additionally, I play a lot of golf in the summer and am concerned about my ability to continue. Thoughts and opinions are appreciated.
 

dianem

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I am 3 1/2 years post op. your activity is going to depend a lot on you and your overall health. But, when i had mine done, i was in pretty good health. however, there were a lot of things i couldn't do afterwards. i am unable to kneel or get on my knees in any way without pain. i have to bend to pick up or lift things. i had to quit my job - i was a store manager, because i couldn't stand to be on my feet that much. So, i had to go to a sit down job. i tried exercise programs - without luck - i cannot do any type of exercise except walking. i do know someone who golfs and has had knee replacement - but i don't know about the basketball - it might depend on your age. I try to do whatever I can. i still climb ladders - paint rooms - do most work -even move furniture. i have trouble with a lot of stairs and lifting things up and down starirs. I am also having some problems now. i moved the furniture in my office and helped someone move and i am having knee pain in the right knee. i have an appointment on wed to see what is wrong.
 

dids

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Most people have better results than this. Otherwise surgeons would have a really hard time justifying the use of the prosedures!! But tis true there can be certain limitations and kneeling is one that many TKR patients have to be prepared to sacrifice.

As for the basket ball, no-one can really tell you this. It's about 50-50 I would say. And one thing is for sure - very often what a patient achieves is in the longe term is governed by how much they want it and the effort they're prepared to put into their rehab.
 
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