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I have been suffering with my knee for years. Saw a doctor, and he said due to the fact that I have heavy legs he would not do the surgery for fear of complications. Lots of health issues in addition to the knee, but how do you find a doctor who would be willing to do the surgery. I know plenty of people who are overweight,and have heavy legs who have had surgery with no problem.
 

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@Suzzie72
Welcome to BoneSmart glad you joined us!

You can use our Surgeon Locator in the blue banner above to search for a surgeon in your area.

It is how you are functioning that should determine if you need a TKR not your weight, or heavy legs. You will need to find a surgeon familiar with working on individuals who are overweight.

Be sure to fill out the score chart in the first link below, and take it with you to your appointments so you and the surgeon can see just how much your life is effected by your knee.

New BoneSmart members like you are in various stages of their journey to joint replacement. Making the decision whether or not to have surgery and preparing for surgery can be easier once you have done your research and know what lies ahead. Here are some tools that can help you decide what is best for you.

If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:

Score Chart: How bad is my arthritic knee?
Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
BMI Calculator - What to do if your surgeon says you're too heavy for joint replacement surgery
Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?


If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:

Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?


Regardless of where you are in the process, the website and app My Knee Guide can help you stay organized and informed. The free service keeps all the information pertaining to your surgery and recovery in one place on your smartphone. It is intended to be a personal support tool for the entire process.

And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:

Stories of amazing knee recoveries
 

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