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Stryker Triathlon, lets hear it.

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Ok so I found out yesterday that my OS is going to be using the Stryker Triathlon. When asked why he chose this particular device his answer was " It is the one I believe will be best for you", he explained that it would be a good choice because of my age (36) and the energetic lifestyle that I live. He went on to explain that thru clinical studies of TKR's he feels Stryker Tri's will be a good fit for longevity as well as ROM. I already know it is not going to last my lifetime but if I can get 15-20 years I will be more than happy. If anyone would like to share some feedback positive or negative it would be greatly appreciated.

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I got both of my Strykers on 11/08/07--can't realy comment as I am walking on them and doing my PT---but my MD said the same thing, basedon age and activity level, they are supposedly darn good knee replacements

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Y'know - I think you will all be amazed at how long your knees will last.

Consider this - a good surgeon has a working life span of about 20-25 years assuming he retires at around 55 yrs of age. Given statistics that I stated elsewhere, they'll do around 4-500 knees per year. Even at the lowest levels that's a sum total of 8,000 knees. And that's just the output of one surgeon!

How many are there in the US? I know that here in the UK there are probably 2-2,500 active knee surgeon whose output would equate with that. That's something like 1.6 million knees done in the last 20-25 years!! Now if all those were coming back for revisions, we wouldn't have time to do any primaries any more!! Even marking my numbers down by 50% it is still an inordinate number of knees. Since we seem to be doing around (at a very rough estimate) 50,000 revisions a year, it would follow that there are considerable number of knees around that are exceeding the 10 yr mark and still doing just fine.

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SO SORRY to say this, but I hope that these statistics were considering the life span of the patients. If the average age of TKR is 55-65 and the average life span (in US) is 85, how many of the patients were not around to determine how long their knees would actually have lasted? And like Jo said most Dr's retire as soon as they can wich mathematically would be approximately 25-30 years considering they have been an OS doing TR's their whole practicing career. Did I just confuse everyone? I hope I do not offend anyone with this post!

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Of course you haven't offended, NN!! The very idea!

Mind, you have raised a good point. In my eagerness to share the stats, I quite forgot that actually, a considerable number of those early patients would hav been in their 70/80s so would probably demised before the implants began to develop problems. However, even if this accounted for 50% of the patients from 20+ yrs ago, there are still an incredible number of people walking around with new knees who are doing just fine.
 
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Jo,

You are the best! As I sit here ALL DAY LONG reading and reading posts and other websites about TKR's I feel as if you should be conidered "The TKR Bible", I may be writing my own little book about my life experiences with my NuNeez (ofcourse it may take time since I havent even had the procedure) as I have kept a "knee" journal for many years, wanna help : )?

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Sure, why not? We could put together the ultimate self help manual - p'raps we could call it "Dummies Handbook for TKRs" - no wait; I have a feeling that title's already been taken!
 

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LOL!! No - but the title is copyrighted, I believe!

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Anyway - miles are of no consequence when we have the Internet, eh?
 
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