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Author Topic: Knee Replacement...Now Shoulder Surgery  (Read 12482 times)

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Knee Replacement...Now Shoulder Surgery
« on: October 15, 2019, 07:38:45 PM »
Yup, Saw Bones said that I needed a total left knee replacement.  

This all began with a dirt bike wreck in 1974, and that ole knee has never been 100% since.  I had much damaged cartilage then and had to have more removed in 1994 after my knee locked up.  Of course removing cartilage means that there is less there to do it's job, so it has been cracking, creaking, popping, and doing weird stuff.  I have been wearing a knee brace since mid-August to keep it from going wacko.

Sooo, November 18th is the scheduled day.  :o
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Re: Knee Replacement
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2019, 08:00:25 PM »
   Sorry to hear it but I have known several people who who did the knee replacement and I have never known one who regretted having the procedure done.  Good luck and keep us posted.
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2019, 08:03:30 PM »
shear will can take you a long ways. sound like time.  good luck!!
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Re: Knee Replacement
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2019, 08:05:12 PM »
All the best. My late father had one of his knees replaced years back. 

He said after a couple of weeks, his replaced knee was now his "good" one, and he realised how stuffed his other old original also was.  :D
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Re: Knee Replacement
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2019, 08:15:03 PM »
We just came home yesterday after spending the weekend with a cousin who had a full knee replacement last week. He is a hurting unit still, but getting better. I got him out for a ride in the truck and some visiting. He was hurting more after that but the next day he felt it had helped him keep moving and getting over another hump. It's do-able and I am sure he is gonna be in better shape very soon.
 I am sure you will have it nailed just fine and come out better on the other end. Best wishes.
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Re: Knee Replacement
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2019, 09:12:53 PM »
Lynn, good luck with the surgery and rehab. I hope youre back the saddle  ride-along soon. Everyone I know that good a knee replacement is better off with the after-market than they were with the oem. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2019, 09:29:17 PM »
You will do good having it done.
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2019, 09:32:56 PM »
after 75 years, you have got lots of miles from the oem, no marathon running after.  oh well, you could of started coasting years ago.  get er done. :) :)
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2019, 09:45:50 PM »
Best of luck sir!  Sometimes stuff just needs replacing if rebuilding doesn't work or gives out.  

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Re: Knee Replacement
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2019, 10:04:23 PM »
My wife had her left knee replaced about 5 years ago and is doing wonderful, never had an issue with it!

My next-to-youngest brother (14 years my Junior) had both knees replace about 1 years ago and is doing fine with both of them, now he's dealing with a recent back surgery!

Here's hoping you do well with the surgery and the healing, Lynn!

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Re: Knee Replacement
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2019, 10:19:13 PM »
Well, as you might remember, I got my hip replaced in 2014, and its been doing pretty well.  As with any major surgery, especially where implants are concerned, there are certain restrictions that will be new to you, certain things you won't be able to do, but lots more things you will be able to do, that you may not have been able to do for a long time.

I would highly recommend a 6 week course of pre operational physical therapy, not only will it help the knee joint instability, but will greatly strengthen and lengthen the muscles and tendons that will be subjected to some serious trauma during the surgery, as well as to get them more flexible and used to fuller articulation during recovery.  I did it, and my recovery was amazing, much faster than the ones who didn't, and I noticed in the recovery therapy sessions that much of the other patient's pain was due to them not being able to do the exercises, not from the artificial joint, but from their own systemic inflexibility.  The PT exercises are very targeted to improve recovery.  My mother has had two knees replaced, the first without pre operative PT, and it was tough.  The second time she did pre operative PT, and it was tremendously better, with less pain, and a much faster recovery.  Some doctors here require it, some only prescribe it on a voluntary basis.  It was covered under my insurance.

Anyway, its a process, and the good news, it a positive one.  As trite as it sounds, all the medical staff just told me to take it "One step at a time."

 
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2019, 02:18:39 AM »
YellowHammer gives good advice. The best outcomes are a result of faithfully following the physical therapy regimen the doctors layout. It's painful at first but you will be rewarded with a better knee later. 
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Re: Knee Replacement
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2019, 07:29:08 AM »
The "fly in the ointment" is that somehow I guess that I have blown my rotator cuff in my right shoulder.  It is giving me much more misery than the knee, but the knee has to be fixed first because the arm is needed during the knee recovery.  ::)

I got no time for any of this crap!!  :-X
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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2019, 08:22:05 AM »
Lynn,

   Looks like we better get you on the bi-annual service loop to align, repair and replace whatever needs it every couple of years. ;)
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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2019, 08:33:35 AM »
Welcome to my world..
Left knee is shot and needs repair. torn meniscus and acl. Right needs replacement. I tore my right rotator cuff about 6 months ago and now somehow have torn at least 1 possibly 2 tendons in the same arm helping to lift a bike into the back of a pickup truck.
Right hip needs replacement.
Tore my left rotator a couple years ago. Got a few shots and that one seems to be ok somewhat.
Figure to get everything done in 2020.

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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2019, 09:01:35 AM »
I have been told by many that it feels so good when it's healed up.
Good luck Mr Lynn your are tough you will be back at it before you know it.
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« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2019, 09:19:43 AM »
Best of luck with the surgery. You've got good health and low weight on your side. Hoping you have a successful and speedy recovery!

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« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2019, 09:27:33 AM »
I have been told by many that it feels so good when it's healed up.
Good luck Mr Lynn your are tough you will be back at it before you know it.
Bruno,

   I had a good buddy in Albany Ga when stationed there who had his replaced when he was 70+ and he said a few weeks/months later he walked out of his house and said it felt so good he just took off running to his mailbox.
My Dad had both his knees replaced back in the 80's then had to have the replacements replaced in 99 because he wore the new ones out.
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    Are you suggesting Lynn needs to get the ones with the extended warranty? :D We'd hate for them to give out when he is 95 on an elk hunt and 70-75 y/o Marty has to tote him out to the nearest machine shop to get him patched up.



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« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2019, 09:28:58 AM »
Sorry to hear about the knee.  I like the idea of the pre-surgery PT, had never heard of that but it makes a lot of sense.  

I didn't do PT after my last back surgery 4 years ago because I "didn't have time for that crap", but looking back on it I really should have.  Had a pretty bad flare up two two years ago and went to PT thinking I was heading back into surgery, did something like 30 sessions and the results were very impressive.  Find the time to get it fixed up right, you have more than earned every single penny the insurance will pay out.  
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« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2019, 09:31:19 AM »
We'd hate for them to give out when he is 95 on an elk hunt and 70-75 y/o Marty has to tote him out to the nearest machine shop to get him patched up.


I get the feeling he will still be sawing in "The sandbox" job at 95, given how that project seems to be suffering from military sized mission creep.  :D
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