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Eau Claire, WI

#21 Sep 5, 2011
Hi Wanda,

Sorry I haven't been back to this site in a while. My Doc's name is T.J. Panek. He's at St. Croix Orthopedics in Stillwater, MN. I'd recommend him highly. Now it's about 16 months since my replacement and my knee is great. Last Saturday I ran a 5 mile race in 46:51. Not as fast as I used to run, but the knee was NOT an issue. Doc Panek would certainly prefer that I not run, but I didn't get it fixed to sit around. I couldn't be more pleased with my replaced knee.

Oley, PA

#22 Dec 10, 2011
I am 42. At the age of 41 I had a partial replacement by the "Rothman institute" supposed to be a great place to go right? Well I kept telling them something wasn't right and when he told me he didn't know why I was still having so much pain after 6 months, it was time for a new surgeon. So after all that pain I went through I find out that the replposition is actually twisting and shredding my knee cap due to the already damaged ACL and the prosthesis is loose.This was done at the end of Sept and it was far from easy or pain free, but 2 months later and I walk better than I've walked in years. It feels so good I have to stop myself from running! Hope that hels! Good luck

Tijuana, Mexico

#23 Jan 22, 2012
This is an update to my Feb 2010 bilateral replacements in India. Well, not so good results my left knee healed fine few problems but my right knee never was correct from the beginning. Doctor errors led me to a revision Nov 17, 2011 almost two years later. The Dr.who is posted all over the net who I thought was a good choice put the wrong size spacer in which caused me to be unstable like a spaghetti knee. He also used to large of an implant which the cement never worked so during my revision the implant just fell off my bone, lastly after all this I contacted Venkatachalam and no responsibility was taken. Instead he denied doing anything wrong but did not have any answers to why the instability. The new surgeon as specialist with the Journey knee was shocked to what he found but was prepared and saved the knee. Yes, I still have a journey knee but much tighter and I can already tell a huge difference, no more spaghetti feel. I am hoping now that I will be able to enjoy the performance of the Journey knee as I should of if I got the right surgeon in the first place. By the way the money I thought I saved by going to India ended out doubling due to the second unnecessary surgery which was done in California. Wish me luck and I will try to return and tell you how it goes.

lapaz000 wrote:
I just had BTKR Feb 4thLK Feb 9thRK 2010 using the Journey implant. I am sold on it and after reading much about it I would not settle for anything but. You are very young and this knee may last your life time and what it offers you no other implant does right now. It has been around for just over 3 years and had been used a lot on football players wanting to get back in the game. Not very many surgeons are qualified to use this implant as Smith and Nephew regulates that and a surgeon must meet their standards plus have special training. I was lucky to meet a Smith and Nephew Representative and talk personally to him about the implant. Have your doctor show you the implant and explain to you the differences to other implants. The material Oxinium is new to Knee implants so little is really known for actual long term performance but it is known that it's hardness and smoothness surpasses other implants. Smith and Nephew is the only manufacture that has this patent and the representative told me that it is in demand so they maybe selling off the patent so other companies will start using Oxinium.

Pensacola, FL

#24 Jan 28, 2012
I had TKR with Journey knee in July, 2009. It healed fast and I got full range of motion but 4-6 months later, the knee developed "patellar clunk syndrome," a type of scar tissue behind the patella. Painful "clunk" (just like it says) that made walking difficult and doing stairs impossible. Had to have arthroscopic surgery to remove the scar tissue. The painful clunk returned within a few months. I have not had another surgery to remove it again. I'm pretty disappointed with the knee replacement, obviously, though I don't know that there is anyone to blame. Perhaps my own physiology or just luck?

Eau Claire, WI

#25 Jan 28, 2012
Hi Judith, I'm sorry to hear about your knee problems. Not being a doc, I don't know what the problem could be. "Knock on wood", but mine is still as good as could be. Just ran (pretty slowly, but did run) 5 miles earlier today as I do every day and the knee is great. Best of luck with yours.


#26 May 19, 2012
lubo wrote:
is there anybody who can sit on his/her knees like a japanes people
I sure can't and its been 2 years in July. How do you find out what kind of knee that you have. My doctor doesn't seem to discuss it.

Eau Claire, WI

#27 May 20, 2012
Brenda,If the doc won't discuss anything you want relating to your knee I'd go elsewhere. It's you body.
Denise s middleton

Charlotte, NC

#28 Aug 2, 2014
How do I find a doc for cementless ceramici smith and nephewtrk6536

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