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Hello my name is Sharon. I'm needing surgery. My knee is bone to bone .I've been needing surgery for two and a half year's. I have lost 47 pounds and I have more to loose . But I can't . I'm in lot's of pain , and the pool and shot's are not helping me . I need help I am in lot's of pain and I am starting to not know what to do . I've seen lots of doctor's . Tired of crying and I need to work . I live in Tulsa Oklahoma . Needing a doctor please.
 

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Hi and Welcome!

I will tag @Jamie for you. She may know of a surgeon to help you.
 

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Hi, Sharon....I'm so sorry you find yourself in this situation. It can really be a Catch22 where you need to exercise to lose weight but can't because of joint disease. Can you tell me what your BMI is? These days many surgeons and insurance companies want you to be below a certain BMI before they will replace a knee or hip. Have you actually met with some surgeons in the Tulsa area? If so, how did those meetings go?
 

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Hi Sharron. Don't give up
Get a plan instead. I don't know what your BMI is but if its a problem the best thing to do is lose weight while you look for a surgeon. I lost 40kg without exercise so I know a few things about losing weight. Its not easy but it can be done. I used a keto diet but I combined it with the 5:2 diet and I stuck to less than 1200 calories a day. I didn't eat high fat foods and increased leafy greens. I felt a lot better without the weight. Best wishes and good luck. Don't give up. Rosie
 
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I'm in the same boat. BMI 46. male, age 65, and found a surgeon who will do a TKR (Left). Nevertheless I'm very nervous. Any advice for a heavy guy?
 

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@mduda ... rather than derail sharris's thread to offer help for you, why don't you start a thread for yourself in the Knee Pre-Op Forum and ask this question. You'll get plenty of responses from your fellow BoneSmarties.
 

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@sharris I don't know anything about surgeons in your area, but I will say "Don't Give Up!" The first OS I saw told me flat out I was too fat and too young, even though I needed the surgery. Somehow I got the impression it was due to replacement parts rather than my own safety and I slunk away and worked with a pain specialist to manage what I could. I should have persisted! It wasn't until I was being treated for something else that I was directed towards my current OS who is known to be one of the best in our local area.

If it is not an absolute requirement by your insurance then I urge you to keep looking
 

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