I am a 57 year old male and am seriously considering a knee replacement. When I was 28 I had a severe knee injury (tib-fib crushed, all four ligaments completely torn , meniscus shredded). After 5 surgeries and intense rehab my recovery was much better than anticipated and, with a lot of stretching and ice, for the next 29 years I managed to continue with a very active lifestyle (continue to play soccer, flag football, basketball, softball, mountain bike, ski, ice hockey, etc.). It always swelled up and I always iced and stretched it. For the last 15 years doctors have told me it's time but, to the extent I can take the pain, they said use it as long as I can. I think it may be time in that, even with management, the knee is starting to severely limit my activities and making sleep difficult at best. If I do this I want to be confident that my choice in hardware and surgeon will give be the best opportunity at continuing to be very active. While I don't want to be a distance runner, I do want to be able to mountain bike, kick the the soccer ball with my kids, run short distances, play a reasonable game of basket ball, play ice hockey and so on. The problem I am running into is, I can find little to no third party information on excellent surgeons who specialize in knee replacements for active people nor does anyone seem to really factor in "what particular" knee they get (which seems sort of crazy to me). So, I have two general questions that I am sure could easily turn into lots of sub questions. One - for the people that did research, how did you pick your particular surgeon and why? (I would hope to find a surgeon that is an absolute expert at this and not a jack of all joint replacements.) Two - also for those that did research, what hardware did you go with and why? I have researched it a fair amount and, at the moment, would strongly lean toward the "Journey II" from Smith and Nephew. It's designed to move much more like a natural knee and is for active people (anyone familiar with it and your thoughts?). Six years ago I had to have my left hip replaced (motocross injury when I was 24). I did very similar research and, as it turns out, was very lucky to find a website/forum that dealt with these questions in great deal. It covered the different kinds of hip replacement surgeries (THR and resurfacing), different surgical approaches, and the best doctors specializing in hip replacement surgery. Although I am in NM, ultimately I had mine done by a doctor in Seattle (Dr. Prichert) and chose hip resurfacing (after researching it I can't imagine why anyone would get a THR). My hip is as good as new and I have basically forgotten that I had it done. Of course I did intense rehab and still do my hip and stretching exercises but it really has been an amazing outcome that, had I not done the research I am sure I would not have had (I have two friends that about the same time went with a local doctor and had THR, both active and athletic, and both are very limited by their hips). Knees are clearly more complicated joints than hips and I don't expect quite as good an outcome but, if I am going to do this, I want to make sure I've given myself the possible chance of achieving as close to it as possible. So, if anyone has some input on their experience and why I would love to hear it. Also, if anyone knows of a source or forum on knee replacements like the one I found for hips please pass it along. Sorry for how long and boring this is but maybe, for those interested in researching it, we can get a thread rolling that may get some helpful information out to those that want it (one of which is me ) If you made it this far, thanks for reading and good luck with your knee(s)!!!!!!