Hi, I am in the process of my pre-operative stages. Have completed my Xray of my right full leg and MRI of the right knee. I am having a Visionaire knee replacement here in Australia on September 17th. From what I understand my knee is being prepared in USA and then sent to Australia. I have had my chest xray and full blood count and all came back. I had to see a Specialist to say all was ok to go ahead with the surgery yesterday and I passed his tests. Next is pre-op admission clinic and then back to see the surgeon, blood test again and then admission to the hospital. I live in the country and will be having my operation in the Private Hospital here. I stumbled on this site last night and I am so pleased to have had time to read several of the posts so far. I am nervous but that is normal, I know it is going to take months to recover so I am not thinking any quick here at all. As a Physiotherapy Assistant I know all the exercises I assist patients with so I have already started preparing myself now. It is always good to know how things feel normally so to gauge after surgery. I have had previous arthroscopic surgery to both knees but the problem is my right more then the left. I have had two surgeons operate on the right knee the last Specialist did an arthroscopic repair which took me a full 12 months to recover from. So I am unaware of what he did inside but I couldn't squat, kneel on the right for almost a year. Painful recovery. I have bone on bone now, osteoarthritis that keeps me up all in pain and discomfort. Heat therapy works well to give me a little relief, but cannot handle cold therapy at all for the pain. I am allergic to many drugs morphine, codeine, paracetamol, and a huge range of other meds. So I am apprehensive about complex pain management after the surgery. I will discuss all these concerns with the pre-op clinic and again with the Surgeon and my GP. I have started to prepare my hospital bag as they stated I should be in from 7 to 10 days. I like to be organised so thought no use leaving everything to the last minute or expect someone else to do this for me. I started preparing some meals and freezing them down as well. I have adult sons who have all moved out of home so I really need to rely on myself and being forearmed is my motto. I went to the local Mobility Store and have made a list of items I will purchase and a couple I will hire for a short period. At this stage I would be interested in what other's felt they needed the most and what they didn't. I am 5 ft tall so just thought I'd tell you that in advance Looking forward to keeping up with everyone and talking to you all. So hi from Australia.