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Old 11-01-2010, 01:12 AM   #29
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Thank you all for your input to my question. Tommorow, Nov 1 (my birthday) I am going to have bi-lateral knee replacement. I will keep up my progress here. As grueling as it may be.
Hopeing that we will be back on the road again early next year, and I will be able to really enjoy all this great country has to offer. And meet many more "streamers".
Happy and safe camping to all. Susan
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:19 AM   #30
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did you ask about aluminum replacement knees? lol

best wishes to you for success. make everyone changing bandages wash their hands with hot water and soap! keeping sterile is very important!
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:57 AM   #31
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Thank you all for your input to my question. Tommorow, Nov 1 (my birthday) I am going to have bi-lateral knee replacement. I will keep up my progress here. As grueling as it may be.
Hopeing that we will be back on the road again early next year, and I will be able to really enjoy all this great country has to offer. And meet many more "streamers".
Happy and safe camping to all. Susan
Good for you! Your quality of life should improve immensely.

Keep us posted----some of us are looking at the same thing down the road.

Wishing you a speedy and uneventful recovery.


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Old 11-01-2010, 07:15 AM   #32
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I am going to see an orthopedic surgeon this week. Just got tired of planning my life around "how far a walk is it, is there somewhere to sit, and are there steps". Keep in touch and good luck with your surgery and recovery.

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Old 11-01-2010, 08:24 AM   #33
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I am going to see an orthopedic surgeon this week. Just got tired of planning my life around "how far a walk is it, is there somewhere to sit, and are there steps". Keep in touch and good luck with your surgery and recovery.

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You know, the criteria here for knee replacement (and I am 61 1/2) is pain so bad you can't stand it.

That doesn't seem to be the case everywhere and I am wondering if it is our HMO rather than medical reasoning.

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You know, the criteria here for knee replacement (and I am 61 1/2) is pain so bad you can't stand it.

That doesn't seem to be the case everywhere and I am wondering if it is our HMO rather than medical reasoning.

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That's the same recommendation my mom got from a couple of different orthopedists. The recovery is pretty tough stuff, so it needs to be bad enough before surgery to be worth 6 months of torture in physical therapy.

And yes, over a year later, she says it was worth it.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:36 PM   #35
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I had my right knee scoped 5 years ago. It was getting difficult to walk and at one point my knee was so sore, jeans (being tight over the knee) increased the pain. Pain is certainly an indicator, but after X-rays and an MRI, my orthopedist said it looked as if the meniscus cartilage needed to be trimmed at some point. A shot of steroid into the knee helped a lot, but eventually surgery was necessary. The point is that pain is not the only indicator. I was able to find an orthopedist who took the time with me to fully discuss alternatives and by totally honest with me about what he saw.

After surgery he told me next time would be a knee replacement, so I have been very careful with that knee. When after a thorough investigation there's nothing left but a knee replacement, the recovery, often difficult, is a lot better than the loss of mobility.

Now my left knee eventually needs scoping, though the pain isn't as bad, and a steroid shot has kept the knife away for a while.

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Old 11-01-2010, 02:53 PM   #36
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Hmmmm. Good info.

I am being careful with my knees, but would enjoy the freedom that fully functioning artificial joints would bring.

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Susan, I hope the surgery went well, and I look forward to seeing you ready to dance at a rally or two next year! Good luck!

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Old 11-07-2010, 11:42 AM   #38
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Well, joined the knee replacement club last Monday. At 55, Partial on the right side. Six days later, feels great, walking again without assist. Extension is almost there with only a few degrees to go. Flexsion is about 75degrees, lots of work there but PT is happy. Looking forward to a two step dance for the 4CU New Years gig at Picacho...OK, maybe a hike to the top. I did ask about the Aluminum rivited knee cap, unavailabe at this time, shucks.
Take care of those knees folks!
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Keep us posted please.......I am looking at the same thing.
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Three weeks later, tinkering again...

21 days later, knee feels great, smooth and tight. At this point, only PT, three times a day to regain strength. No off road yet but day walks are progressing nicely. Some lower back pain is being attributed to the change in gait, and some sympathetic tugging going on from surrounding muscles trying to help. The loss of muscle was staggering. I cannot believe the loss the first two weeks made. For now, happy with the call to get the work done, tinkering again is keeping my head screwed on straight, happy happy, joy joy...and virtually off all pain meds. Death Valley is calling!!!!Can;t wait to get camping again...
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Good for you! Nice always to hear it's as good as advertised.

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Sempi2, I see that you are posting again. Can you let us know how the surgery went?

I'm going to assume you're OK, until I hear something to the contrary.
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