Knee joint replacment surgery

Aug 5, 2014 Full story: Examiner.com 27

Knee joint replacement surgery is a term you hear a lot about in the news. This surgery is an option available, and many seniors, the baby boomer generation, living today are opting for this choice.

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Solar Cycles

Blackburn, UK

#21 Aug 14, 2014
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From years of keeping fit? LOL... that made my day.
70% of Americans are overweight. Every additional pound of body weight puts 4 additional pounds of pressure on the joints. People that normally wouldn't be experiencing joint failure until old age are experiencing it earlier in life.
Of course, forums like Bonesmart, where you like to hang out, would have you think otherwise.
I like to hand out where the hell I like and spend little time on any joint forum as I've a busy schedule. As regards to your comment on fitness, I can assure you that I'm probably fitter still than any on here despite having put on a few pounds since my problems began, thats down to me being a sportsman and Mountain Athlete prior to this. On a separate issue there seems to be one or two on here who like to recite the same old mantra about being overweight giving little thought to those who are through their incapacity. Has I've stated not all of us who are overweight are junk food addicts who sit around complaining about their lot in life, some of us like myself continue to try and do whatever they can whilst sat around waiting for the surgeon to correct a botched up job from previously.

Perhaps you would like to share your credentials with the rest of us, as you and the other imbecile NoGods seem to be self proclaimed experts in this field. On a separate note be aware who you pick an argument with as I rarely argue with idiots, but in your case I'll make an exception as your observational evidence isn't factual or relevant for a lot of us.
BossGirl

Brisbane, Australia

#23 Aug 14, 2014
I have been told by orthapaedic surgeon that I need a TKR. I'm only 51 years young and feel I'm not ready for this, although I'm in quite a bit of pain. I have gained a few extra kilos over the past few years but nothing excessive. I have lateral osteoarthritis which is causing my lower half of my leg to turn outward. It has been suggested (by a chiro & physio) that I try wearing an 'unloading brace' on my knee which will help mobility and relieve a bit of the pain. I'm not reading many positive reviews about knee replacements so I'm not in a hurry to go and get one, not to mention the cost!! It's not covered in my health insurance so will cost me about $6,000. Does anyone have any positive stories on knee replacements?? Thanks!

Since: Dec 13

San Jose, CA

#24 Aug 14, 2014
BossGirl wrote:
I have been told by orthapaedic surgeon that I need a TKR. I'm only 51 years young and feel I'm not ready for this, although I'm in quite a bit of pain. I have gained a few extra kilos over the past few years but nothing excessive. I have lateral osteoarthritis which is causing my lower half of my leg to turn outward. It has been suggested (by a chiro & physio) that I try wearing an 'unloading brace' on my knee which will help mobility and relieve a bit of the pain. I'm not reading many positive reviews about knee replacements so I'm not in a hurry to go and get one, not to mention the cost!! It's not covered in my health insurance so will cost me about $6,000. Does anyone have any positive stories on knee replacements?? Thanks!
$6000 total cost for a TKR in Australia, with no insurance payment? My, that's cheap. My hospital bill was $120,000. Insurance covered most.
Grace

Shreveport, LA

#25 Aug 17, 2014
I had a TKR in April and in June the highest my extension got was 117 on my own w/o the PT pushing. Then I developed two blood clots in my right lung (same as replacement) and lost over a week of PT. Now four months later my extension is 100 at the most. I was so destressed when I saw my doctor this month but the question he asked me was "do you want to be a ballarina?" Stupid question for a 74 year old lady but he basically told me 100 is not bad. I still have to use both arms to pull myself up from a sitting position. I cannot walk 1/2 mile without almost dying, am now on oxygen 24/7. Before the surgery I was blowing and going except for the damn rt. knee pain. Sometimes I wish I had never had the surgery but at least I can sleep at night without the pain waking me up. I feel my life is almost over and have been so depressed. I will never be able to walk the beach, let the ocean waves roar up and touch my body. I am a virtual mess.
Any advice for this miserable woman?
BossGirl

Brisbane, Australia

#26 Aug 18, 2014
Wow Grace, that's so sad. I will be seeking a 2nd and possibly 3rd opinion before I go and do anything. Thank you and I hope you're feeling better soon.
Tracy

Rohnert Park, CA

#27 Thursday Aug 28
Solar Cycles wrote:
I find this obsession with weight to be a total American philosophy, probably down to the fact that there are far more Americans with obesity problems than there are in the UK per head of the population.
What I find alarming though is the attitude that being overweight is the causation of said knee problems and not the other way, there are many of us who were as fit as a fiddle until blighted with crippling arthritic pain and then saw their waistline increase instead of vice versa. I myself spent over 25 years with awful knee problems due to a botched Patellectomy but I persevered for the biggest part of that and doing things that most fully abled bodies would wince at, but alas the pain and locking up of the knee became too much and along with several other upper body problems surrounding the neck and shoulders I found myself sidelined and depressed.
I still even now try to push boundaries even though my TKR has failed due to suspected surgical error, but I now have to live by my limitations which for someone like me is thoroughly depressing.
You' ve said exactly what I wanted to express. I had the TKR due to arthritis and it despite on going, unceasing pain, I was at the gym 5 days per week, very mobile and very fit. now at 4 years post tkr I have loosened the supports and am having revision surgery. the increase in pain and instability of the knee forced me to give up almost all physical activity. while not obese, I have certainly gained weight due to the sedentary lifestyle. to blame my knee problems on the weight and not vice versa is to see the problem to a very. narrow perspective.
Nogods

Buffalo, NY

#28 Thursday Aug 28
Solar Cycles wrote:
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On a separate issue there seems to be one or two on here who like to recite the same old mantra about being overweight giving little thought to those who are through their incapacity..
Good think Amy Van Dyken-Rouen didn't follow the Bonesmart mantras - she'd still be on her back high on pain pills. Hey Amy. didn't you know you weren't suppose to do any rehab exercise that hurt? Didn't you know you were supposed to never sit when you could be prone? Never stand when you could sit? What were you thinking lady? That being paralyzed from the waste down didn't mean you had to grow fat? Imagine that!

And how do the "Push Girls" manage not to get fat from their "incapacity" - three of them are quadriplegics and one is a paraplegic. Apparently they figured out how to exercise and eat fewer calories than they burn despite their "incapacity". So spare me the "can't exercise because I have arthritis" BS. Save it for the fatties club at Bonesmart.

The secret to not being obese is simple - swallow fewer calories than you burn. Never be prone when you can sit, never sit when you can stand, never ride when you can walk. Quite swallowing sugar like a bonesmart patients swallows pain pills and you'll lose weight.

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