women's knee replacement procedure

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kathy

Webster, MA

#1 Mar 17, 2010
Has anyone had the Zimmer Gender procedure for knee replacement done? I am researching the newest surgery for a double knee replacement and not having much luck. Sure could use some input. Getting desperate. This type of surgery is supposed to be much better for women. I am 55 and was told 15 years ago that I needed new knees. I fear I have waited too long. Is there hope?

Thanks!
Rhonda

Fairfield, CT

#2 Mar 17, 2010
Hi Kathy,

On December 10- 16 weeks ago I had the Zimmer female knees "installed!" I am 53 and was told by the physician's assistant the "tires were good for only 60,000 miles. I'd been a crazy skier, avid tennis player and guess that they just wore out...

I am so... glad to have had the surgery and now am working hard to get back to normal. My brother is a doc in Boston and he set me up with a Top Shelf guy at Mass General because my family wanted me to do it in Boston (original hometown) but I manage pretty well with steep stair and a claw foot tub. Please ask any questions you'd like~ I have just been through it!!!
kathy

Webster, MA

#3 Mar 18, 2010
Hi Rhonda and thanks so much for responding so quickly. I am still searching for a surgeon that does this Zimmer knee. I have been on so many websites, my head is swimming. I have decided to seek a pain clinic first and hope to have a surgeon selected soon. I have decided to go to the New England Baptist Hospital and need to make an appointment with one of their Ortho surgeons that practice there as well as one who does the replacement I want. Did you have both knees done? This is the way I want to do it. I am afraid I won't go back for the second. What was your Dr's name? Just finding one I trust has been the biggest issue for me. So overwhelmed. I will probably have many more questions as I go so thanks again for sharing.

Rhonda

Fairfield, CT

#4 Mar 18, 2010
Hi Kathy,

It was Dr Silarski from MGH, recommended by my brother who is a pedi-neurologist at Children's but due to insurance limitations I had to have my surgery in CT and used Dr Bindelglass. I had both done at the same time. If they are both equally as bad why rely on a bad knee? One time of anesthesia and recovery. I did donate blood beforehand and glad I did because I needed it on the 2nd day after surgery. Before my surgery, I did Pilates and exercised furiously. It's GREAT to be able to do leg lifts and reach your feet easily afterwards when even just putting your socks on can be challenging. Today I played 9 holes of golf and actually had tears of joy in my eyes realizing that I am recovering so nicely! Does the Zimmer website have recommended docs? I had the Synvisc injections first and they didn't work at all for me. I thought I'd do that for 2 years and then do the knees but I didn't get to choose the timing...
kathy

Webster, MA

#5 Mar 19, 2010
Oh my,
I am so happy for you! You give me so much hope. I used to be so active before this condition got the best of me. Over the past two years, I have not been able to do much and have gained so much weight. I am now at about 200 lbs. Always had a problem but now my muscles are turning to mush. It's hard to move when the pain overtakes you. It's been so beneficial for you staying as active as you have been when going through these surgeries. I had arthroscopic surgery on both knees about 5 years ago and also had the Synvixc injections 3 years ago. Did no good at all. I had Cortosone shots several times as well. Surgery seems like the last option now. Did you have to stay in a rehab/physical therapy facility after the surgeries? I don't have much help here at the house so that is hindering me also. I will check the Zimmer site for a dr.though. Thanks so much, Rhonda. Continue to rock on!
Rhonda

Fairfield, CT

#6 Mar 19, 2010
Hi Kathy,

You can change your life by having this surgery! Like you, I was hindered terribly by the pain in my knees. I couldn't even walk at the beach with my galpals and that was the last straw. I had been an avid tennis player and crazy skier ~ no regrets they just wore out...

I'm divorced and live alone in a 98 year old row house with very steep stairs and the original very deep claw foot tub. These 2 issues made me want to go to a rehab facility for as long as they would keep me because I wanted to learn everything I could there, besides getting dressed, including stairs, getting in and out of my tub (got a great seat) and get the best round the clock services right there. What surprised me most about rehab was that I was the most "healthy" gal there and I was one of the only willing PT patients there! What a real eye opener ~ how could I complain about the pain in my knees when the 32 year old gal in the room next to mine had been in a place crash and lost both her legs! It's all really relative... I did have my Mom from Framingham come down to stay for a week and she was a great help. I am still sleeping in the dining room until next week. Go for it GIRL!
vikram-india

Hyderabad, India

#7 Mar 25, 2010
hi madam,as your age is 55 i think it is better to go for oxinium knee because the life of the implant will be 20-25 years...it is the revolutionary implant...but before going to surgery make sure about your weight(maintain your BMI)and prepare yourself for the surgery.onething i can say no need to fear of this surgery...one important thing is choosing the surgeon is very important,ok.have a ncie time.keep smiling
kathy wrote:
Has anyone had the Zimmer Gender procedure for knee replacement done? I am researching the newest surgery for a double knee replacement and not having much luck. Sure could use some input. Getting desperate. This type of surgery is supposed to be much better for women. I am 55 and was told 15 years ago that I needed new knees. I fear I have waited too long. Is there hope?
Thanks!
kathy

Webster, MA

#8 Mar 25, 2010
Thanks India,
I have not heard of this type of knee before but will have to look into it. I am having a hard time choosing a surgeon. There are so many and I want it done right the first time. I am signed up for a knee replacement class next Thursday so maybe I will get some helpful info on what to expect and even find a doctor. I have read a ton of literature and researched many surgeons as well. Still wondering if having both done at the same time is a smart thing. Just afraid I won't go back for the second surgery.
MyNewKnee

North Tonawanda, NY

#9 Mar 28, 2010
Hi Kathy,

Regarding the "Gender-specific" or "female knee replacement" it is basically the same procedure, it is just that the implant geometry has been modified or specialized specific to female anatomy. The primary difference is the "aspect ratio" or height-to length relationship of the femoral component (the implant that goes on the femur or thigh bone).

You can read a simple overview at my blog:

http://www.totalkneeweb.com/new-total-knee-re...

There are also other articles which should give you a good overview of knee replacement in general.

Good Luck
MyNewKnee
www.totalkneeweb.com
vikram-india

Hyderabad, India

#10 Mar 29, 2010
you can go for replacement of your both knees at a time.mostly upto age of 65 Anaesthesia doctors and cardiac doctors will permit you to go for both knees at a time.i prefer oxinium implants as you are just 55years.thisimplant is devoid of nickel totally,so it reduce the chances of nickel allergy(nickel allergy is common in 12% of people in general), wear and tear is less, the lubrication will be good.all d best mam
vikram-india

Hyderabad, India

#11 Mar 29, 2010
hi kathy,
you can go for replacement of your both knees at a time.mostly upto age of 65 Anaesthesia doctors and cardiac doctors will permit you to go for both knees at a time.i prefer oxinium implants as you are just 55years.thisimplant is devoid of nickel totally,so it reduce the chances of nickel allergy(nickel allergy is common in 12% of people in general), wear and tear is less, the lubrication will be good.all d best mam
kathy

Webster, MA

#12 Mar 30, 2010
THANKS AGAIN FOR THE GREAT ADVICE AND INFO ON TKR. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CLASS ON THURSDAY AND HOPEFUL I CAN SELECT A SURGEON AT THAT TIME. THIS OXINIUM IMPLANT SOUNDS GREAT AS DO THE OTHERS. I HAVE A LONG LIST OF QUESTIONS FOR THE DR. SO I CAN BE WELL INFORMED AS TO WHICH IMPLANT WILL BE BEST SUITED FOR MY NEEDS. I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED AS I GO. BEST OF LUCK TO ALL AND I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SHARED INTEREST.

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