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« Reply #60 on: October 05, 2020, 09:57:30 PM »
DanG, good news, Bill is alive.  8)    We were all beginning ta wonder. Hang in there, work it like you stole it, and it will get better.
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« Reply #61 on: October 05, 2020, 10:01:38 PM »
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Re: New Knee
« Reply #62 on: October 06, 2020, 08:23:48 AM »
MM, I hear you about sleeping and bending the knee. I'm just now getting so I can get 5 hours sleep without getting up and icing as it swells right up and hurts.

Going down steps leading with my good leg is extremely hard for me. I work at it everyday but have not seen much improvement.

Walking is getting better but my knee cap clacks and clunks like 2 pool balls in there. Got so bad I thought it was coming from my hip.

My Dad had both of his done at separate times then had to have the replacements replaced which he did at the same time. Knowing what I know now my hat's off to him.

I suppose the bright side of this is our Labor day bike trip was supposed to be Glacier NP west to Washington and Oregon then south along the CA coast to the Grand Canyon. Seems everything is on fire along my route so there's that at least.
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Re: New Knee
« Reply #63 on: October 06, 2020, 09:19:43 AM »
Pain was never really an issue with either, but this '6 weeks in a sling' was a pain in the butt log. Of course now I am finally having to start doing stretches and getting my shoulder back. With the knee, I was discharged after 6 weeks with no restrictions nor limitations. Don't misunderstand, the knee ain't well yet, but right now it is better than what I had before the knee surgery. No question, I would do-over with the knee before another shoulder.

I made the above statement in another topic but I ain't so sure now because it was made only six weeks past my shoulder surgery.  My shoulder may be weaker or it may be that I favor it more and try not to cause any future damage.  I now have very good motion and no shoulder pain.

Without question the knee is better than before my surgery, but I doubt that it will ever be as good as the other knee.  I guess that stuff like this is the dues that we pay for Birthdays.  ;D
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« Reply #64 on: October 06, 2020, 11:05:51 AM »

My shoulder is also doing well but like you say I favor it just because..

I've found a real thrill is when this new knee bends backward against the hinge. Can happen just standing still or walking.
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« Reply #65 on: October 06, 2020, 01:21:25 PM »
I've found a real thrill is when this new knee bends backward against the hinge. Can happen just standing still or walking.
I found that sensation to get better and actually disappear. 
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« Reply #66 on: October 06, 2020, 08:04:52 PM »
My Dad had both of his done at separate times then had to have the replacements replaced which he did at the same time. Knowing what I know now my hat's off to him.
If you don't mind commenting - how successful were your Dad's replacements?
I'm seriously considering having my 'new to me' version replaced and I pretty much have to make a decision on that before or when I see my Ortho-guy middle of next week.
It's certainly not something I want to do and actually I am dreading having to do - but after going on 9 years of pain swelling and stiffness and loss of sleep and walking capabilities I feel I at this point I must give myself a decent shot at getting the knee redone so that it matches the very successful hip replacement I just had done this mid July.
Truly if I thought a knee redo would manage to turn out anywhere near the success story that my hip has - this wouldn't even cross my mind as a decision - but as I said, I feel despite the poor odds over revisions that I have been made aware of, it is something I almost feel I going to have to attempt in order to try and get any sort of quality of life going forward in the rest of my remaining few years on this Orb.
I would certainly be interested in hearing some details if you care to comment, on your Dad's success and/or issues (if any) on his replacement(s) replacement(s)..
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« Reply #67 on: October 07, 2020, 09:27:14 AM »
My Dad had both of his done at separate times then had to have the replacements replaced which he did at the same time. Knowing what I know now my hat's off to him.
If you don't mind commenting - how successful were your Dad's replacements?
I'm seriously considering having my 'new to me' version replaced and I pretty much have to make a decision on that before or when I see my Ortho-guy middle of next week.
It's certainly not something I want to do and actually I am dreading having to do - but after going on 9 years of pain swelling and stiffness and loss of sleep and walking capabilities I feel I at this point I must give myself a decent shot at getting the knee redone so that it matches the very successful hip replacement I just had done this mid July.
Truly if my knee redo could manage anywhere near the success of my hip - this wouldn't even cross my mind as a decision - and as I said, I feel despite the poor odds over revisions that I have been made aware of, it is something I almost feel I must attempt in order to try and get any sort of quality of life going forward in the rest of my remaining few years on this Orb.
I would certainly be interested in hearing some details if you care to comment, on your Dad's success and/or issues (if any) on his replacement(s) replacement(s)..
Thanks - Randy
In Dad's case the first 2 replacements were early plastic models and due to his size of well over 300 pounds they collapsed. The second set he got in 99 were a better design and he said was noticeable as such.
He did the second set at the same time saying if he'd done them one at a time knowing what was in store for him he may not have done the second one.

He also had the second ones done at a small 12 bed hospital at Colgate university and they kept him there a week and really took care of him. Me I was barely in the hospital 10 hours and left with nothing helping the pain.

In my case I tore my meniscus getting off my bike. Doc said any repairs would not work so I needed a new total knee. I dunno... he also said my other knee would need replacement in 18 months to 3 years so I may as well get it done now. Again I dunno, seems like going into a new car dealership and getting up sold.

My take on the actual replacement is that if your leg muscles are strong and you are active you probably shouldn't have much trouble. Me I sit at a desk 10-12 hours a day and the most excersie I get is kick starting a bike so mine are not what they used to be and that is showing now as I try to work through rehabbing it.

Most everyone I talk to say they have no regrets with the replacement and I'm sure this time next year I will be one of them.

As a side note more to my getting older and breaking down. I have designed my retirement bike.
Gold Wing trike [they don't break down just oil and tires] Will have to have my Harley tattoos covered up and get rid of all the T-shirts.

Built in cooler, pole for my IV, drain for the catheter, oxygen generator, and a vaporizer for medical weed. I'll have the GF get her bike endorsement so she can ride my old broken down alltimers butt around.
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« Reply #68 on: October 07, 2020, 06:11:53 PM »
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Re: New Knee
« Reply #69 on: October 07, 2020, 11:06:03 PM »
Bill, its good to hear from you. Sucks about the recovery challenges but I am relieved to see you posting nonetheless.

We need to get together and ride some time when youre back in the saddle.

Persevere, my friend.

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« Reply #70 on: December 21, 2020, 08:49:16 AM »
Update,

I'm very disappointed with this new knee and doctor.

The clunking is getting worse. Now feels like 2 bowling balls clacking together and every step I take I can feel it in my hip.

It hurts. Throbs even sitting on the right side where I tore whatever which started this whole adventure. I'm thinking that the Doc mis diagnosed this or just wanted to sell me a new knee because nothing has changed except I now have a new knee giving me pain on top of the original injury which is still there.

Saturday I was going up 3 steps in the house when something popped in the new knee and down I went with all related fire and pain not only in the knee but my back as I landed.

The knee is swelled up.

Called the Doc this morning. He's off until after the new year. He's been saying give it time and to call him the end of December.

I'm pretty discouraged and disappointed. All this since July and I'm right back to where I started.

Guess I'm going Doctor shopping for Christmas.
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« Reply #71 on: December 21, 2020, 09:02:54 AM »
Oh My Bill, this is distressing news.  Thankfully I can not relate to your situation.

Please keep us updated.  :P
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« Reply #72 on: December 21, 2020, 09:18:28 AM »
Well that royally sucks. 
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« Reply #73 on: December 22, 2020, 09:13:16 AM »
Hang in there ,have a buddy who just went thru the same mess . Got new doc and new knee all good now. 

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What Jeff said X2, sorry to hear that.


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