Hi ! I'm SO grateful to have found this site , to hopefully get reality info. and encouragement to go through BTKR . I just turned 67 and have had bil. knee pain for years , but had advice from my pain control Doc to put off replacement surgery as long as possible. Ah ... it's here. I've been mostly in a chair for 1 yr.+. Standing/walking/stairs painful and occasionally knees give out with a danger of fall. My femur and tibia sometimes feel that they are touching and I've caught my reflection in glass doors, etc., and realize my legs have gotten crooked ! YIKES ! I can hardly believe it's me. I've had injections and done all the regular knee interventions but the last one … surgery. I've done some research and have found a highly rated surgeon , recommended to me. He is a Professor and heads Orthopedic Surgery in our local university's Medical school . He specializes in difficult cases and has done thousands of knee , shoulder, hip replacements , but mostly knees. I know online reviews can sometimes be misleading , but he has received mostly 5 stars from patient reviews. Fingers crossed … heck, knees crossed … I meet him next week, July 15. I have a complication , chronic back pain. I'm a nurse. Years ago I had low staffing one evening. I medicated and repositioned 6 male patients, each over 200 lb. Was walking back to nurses station, when lightning hit. 2 spinal fractures , 4 herniations. Ended up needing surgery which left me with scar tissue wrapped around nerve roots at L3,4,5 and S1. Constant, chronic pain with electrical-type nerve pain shooting from left groin, under and to left side knee, down to toes. It's taken a while to accept living with it as a permanent condition , and frankly , I find myself wondering if I could live with permanent higher levels of pain from unsuccessful knee surgery . So. There's that hurdle to jump . I can handle additional pain if I know it's temporary . It's just that "all my days" thing which frightens me. So. I very much look forward to hearing from people who have had successful bilateral knee replacements ! I also have a special goal for after surgery. I am a retired racing Greyhound lover. My husband and I have had 12 Greys in our family over the years and have worked with adoptions and fostering. Our precious boy, "Trumpy" ( I didn't name him !!!) died unexpectedly last month . We miss him awfully and always will. But my hope is, as soon as I can walk again , to adopt 2 retired racers , and later, a 3rd. They are happier in a group. They are the heart dogs of my life and will gift me with a powerful reason to get up and go ! So there knee people ! A bit of my story. I very much look forward to hearing from you. Have a good day !