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Old 09-17-2010, 11:24 PM   #1
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Just visited the doc today. As I have know for some time I would require knee replacement.
Today the doc said - I would have to have both knees replaced, and suggested that it could be done at one time.
Anyone had both knees done at the same time?
Looking for your thoughts - help!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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Just visited the doc today. As I have know for some time I would require knee replacement.
Today the doc said - I would have to have both knees replaced, and suggested that it could be done at one time.
Anyone had both knees done at the same time?
Looking for your thoughts - help!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do one at a time.

I had one replaced and the doc wanted to do the second one in 2 weeks.

Unfortunately, the first one had and still does have problems. That was 1 1/2 years ago.

It's only half bad, to limp on one leg, than 2.

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Old 09-17-2010, 11:31 PM   #3
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I guy I used to work with had both done at the same time and was back to work in three weeks. another guy that I did not know well but worked at the university as well had one and then the other. He was off for 12 weeks. Depends on the person, healing speed and a lot on attitude I think.

Wish you luck!!!
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:37 PM   #4
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Shermybaby. Thanks, That is what I am interested in knowing. I am thinking that if I have to be "in pain" - as though I am not already - and can get it over one time it is the way to go. Plus once it is over I can really enjoy our travels. Susan
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I'm going to have to have the same thing done at some point. I have met and talked with a couple of people who have had two done at once, they say it's the best thing they ever did, changed their life for the better, etc.

Personally, by the time you are psyched for and under for the one knee, they might as well do the second at the same time, don't you think?

Good luck to you,

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total (or partial) knee replacement surgery is ELECTIVE surgery.

while it might at times seem like it's life saving,

the fact is it is life enhancing, when the outcomes are positive.

that means YOU have to elect to have this done and should approach it with due diligence.

but this shouldn't be confused with...

potentially life SAVING surgery (cancer/trauma) where few other options exist and TIME is critical.
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-get a 2nd option from a different ortho group/doc,

-in fact get a 3rd opinion, possibly from a rheumatologist or physical medicine doc.

-learn what the alternatives are to knee replacement (there are at least 6)

-get CLEAR on the risks ALL of them, the recovery time and so on.

-find a few folks LOCALLY who have had this surgery...

not everyone has the SAME issues/outcomes but a sampling of patients is useful

(folks your same age/health/weight are best for comparison)

-talk with the physical therapists...

that YOU will eventually see after surgery, REALLY get their views on this.

-ask if you can VISIT the clinic when someone who has JUST had surgery is IN for therapy.

-many folks DO have both done at once and there are good reasons to take this approach.

but some/others DO have 1 done then sort out doing the 2nd.
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this is complicated and important stuff.

it's really beyond the scope of an rv forum

and with ALL the same risksnconfusion as asking about tires or hitches...

except there's blood, knives/needles, pain and your body involved.

so ok it's JUST like tires or hitches.
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the local arthritis foundation should have support and education resources...

so should the hospital and docs office and PT office, so get busy finding LOCAL info.

cheers
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:48 PM   #7
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Thanks Maggie, I am thinking the same thing. My real worry was - could I get the the bathroom???? but the docs are saying the physical therapy people will be sure I can handle that. Also the docs office said they would not release me from the hospital until I could get around as needed. I think I would rather be down one time rather than two. Susan
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What I hear is that you're up generally the same day and in PT by the next, out of the hospital in 3-4 days so you would have assistance to the bathroom until you went home. Then, I would think a walker or crutches for awhile. I hear really good things about both knee and hip replacements.

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thanks again Maggie, that is what I am hearing. We have a split level house and I think that for the first few weeks I will have to live downstairs. They have told me that I will have a walker for awhile.
PS have really enjoyed your Calif trip. And have found it interesting how you find the terraine, plants, etc beautiful. Since we have lived on the west coast all of our lives, we just think this is what the country looks like. Sounds like we need to travel more????
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2air, I have been living with bad knees for several years. I have tried other options, and wish that I would not have to have this surgery. My biggest issue is that we are retireing the end of the year and wish to travel and see what our wonderful country has to offer. I -at prresent can not walk for any liength of time. Cannot stand for any thing more than several minutes.
I know there are risks, but I want to walk through a musuem, strool trough a town and just walk pain free. Susan
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no need to justify 4 me or anyone else here.

life enhancement IS a good thing.

the first post includes the words "require" and "have to have"...

while it may just be semantics, my point is this is ELECTIVE surgery.
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just do the homework now to avoid surprises.

or just go for it,

that approach seems to work out for many folks too.

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My mom had a single partial knee replacement done in 1998, when she was about 60. She wore that one out in about 10 years and then when compensating for it she damaged her unaltered knee. She loves line dancing and put off the full replacement of both knees until the pain got bad enough that she didn't want to dance.

Just at a year ago she had both knees replaced, and she's had a few problems since, but she's dancing and active and doesn't regret having them done. All of the doctors she's dealt with regarding the knee replacement said to wait until the pain before surgery got bad enough to be worth dealing with the pain of rehab that comes after surgery.

How well things turn out is directly dependent on how much effort you put into rehab.
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2air, I have always enjoyed your point of view on all the topics on this forum since I have been folloowing it. I am now wondering what you are trying to tell me????Really???
You disappeared for a time, am I missing something?? Susan
PS, I will pm you with a hensley ? in about a week (we are off on a trip/tommorow
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dkb satx, thanks, did she have both knees replaced at the same time? But it is very encouraging that she is dancing.
I am looking forward to walking without pain, but know that rehab will be long.
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