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Re: Knee Doctor
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2018, 09:03:27 PM »
Chet, did you get both knees replaced or ACL reconstruction? Either way that must have been quite the rehab. I'm glad they are doing well!

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Re: Knee Doctor
« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2018, 10:24:58 PM »
Chet-

Are you talking two new knee replacements or two new ACL reconstructions?

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I have a lot of experience with ACL reconstructions.  If you ruptured your ACL years and years ago, then your problem may be more than just the ACL.  The increase in the degree of motion seen in many knees after they loose their ACL can lead to arthritis and meniscal (cartilage) tears.  So if you "blew out your knee" a while back, and rehabbed it to be serviceable for many years, it may be that the other portions of your knee have been taking the extra strain from your deficient ACL and are wearing out.  So....before you assume it's just a ligament problem, ask your doctor about the rest of the important stuff in your knee.
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« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2018, 11:07:14 PM »
Both were full total knees. I guess I climbed way too many trees over da years.   :D   I did all rehab at home on my own. I musta pushed myself pretty good, 'cause da Doc's  at Mayo were really impressed with da results.  ;D
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« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2018, 07:40:08 AM »
Thanks doctorb - I tore the ACL last June. Back in the mid 90's I tore my meniscus in that knee and had that cleaned up. Have been trail running since early 2000's with no problems, but playing basketball (which I never play) with the boys did the ACL in. My doc said I may have strained the ACL when I originally injured it in the 90's. My recent MRI did show slight cartilage damage too which could have been from wear and tear or the basketball incident (I thought I heard a double 'pop'). It really hasn't bothered me much since it healed up last summer but just feel I can't put as much stress on it as I want, especially having a manual sawmill.

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Re: Knee Doctor
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2018, 08:41:17 AM »
Forgot to mention that I had both knees done by MAKOplasty in 2014 in addition to the acl repair.
I  have been a benefactor of ortho surgeons over the years.
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Re: Knee Doctor
« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2018, 10:45:49 PM »
I've had surgery on both knees over the years. A torn ACL on the left knee and a torn meniscus on the right knee. Also a number of pain shots from the pain management doctor and have a brace prescribed for each knee for downhill skiing. Knee replacements are pending.
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Re: Knee Doctor
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2018, 09:18:40 AM »
Oh my, it's been 7 years since I started this topic and I am still creaking around on that old bad knee.  Yep it swells during the day when I am sawing and twisting, but I am still managing.  I still rarely (if ever) wear the brace.   :-\
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« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2018, 12:31:01 PM »
Was at the Orthopaedic Clinic yesterday getting a shot in my right knee.
it's only the second time ever
Back next week for the left
I can't get both at once because it raises my blood sugar to much.
I can't get new knees till i lose alot more bmi.
i'm working on it it's a long day with 2 torn meniscus and no cartilage.
Some days hard to keep up beat  :(
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Re: Knee Doctor
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2018, 07:02:05 AM »
Some days hard to keep up beat  :(




My week is going hard and I feel down too sometimes. But, I just look around and see guys a lot worse off than me.
Anyhow you have to think how your going to keep all the ff guys at my place entertain.
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« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2018, 08:32:40 AM »
Looking forward to it Peter it will be good times :)
It just bugs me when i can't go at it as hard anymore  :(
Only thing i have been good at is working and talking :D
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« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2018, 07:50:35 AM »
It's taken me a long time to realize I can't work like I used to. Feeling down gets to me, but you have to fight it off and think of what you did get accomplished. Today is going to be better and we'll be happy at the end of the day knowing we did better.
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Re: Knee Doctor
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2018, 08:42:42 AM »
Ed, that is a very uplifting reply.  You have endured many hardships and setbacks and from your viewpoint offer some very valuable advice.  Make the day better because you lived it.  Thank You.
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Re: Knee Doctor
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2018, 06:28:10 PM »
Since sawing a notch in side of knee cap and end of lower leg bone, the joint crackels and pops with every step.
Pain is bearable most of the time. A few hours on the tractor clutch, leaves me  whining and looking for a strong drink. Plan to live with it as long as I'm mobile, then get a overhaul.
Get some interesting looks at the grinding noises it makes when squating down to look at low shelf in a  quite  library.   :D
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« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2018, 01:19:21 PM »
I had my ACL surgery last Thursday and so far so good. They used a part of my hamstring tendon as a graft. Saw the doc today and said everything looked good, no signs of arthritis from my previous meniscus surgery. No pain pills needed anymore and the most annoying part right now is the cold Iím fighting off. PT starts on Wednesday. hurt_smiley

Another thing to share. The night when I returned home from surgery, I had a mini anxiety attack. The confinement of the brace and not being able to bend my leg freaked me out for a bit. Plus they used a nerve block so I couldnít feel part of my leg. Thankfully that feeling subsided that evening. The nurse mentioned the anesthesia sometimes causes that. Anyone else experience that?

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« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2018, 03:00:44 PM »
Hope all goes well for you.
IMO the most important part is diligently doing your PT.
When I had mine done in '95 PT was started the next day and ran for a couple of months if memory serves.
I have been having twinges in my left (ACL repair) knee for a couple of months now and see the surgeon for my annual check on Thursday.
I see him annually since the bilateral MAKOplasty in 2014.
Years ago another ortho guy told me to wrap the knee with saran wrap which I do when I get symptoms and it seems to help a lot.
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« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2018, 12:27:17 PM »
thanks Pete, good luck with your checkup!

Had my first PT session yesterday...wow how quickly the leg turns to mush.


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« Reply #36 on: March 30, 2018, 09:54:44 AM »
Good for ya
Keep the PT up!
Saw my surgeon yesterday and all looks good in both knees in spite of the twinges I get in my left one.
Dont got back for 2 years unless a problem rears its ugly head.
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