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Old 09-06-2007, 12:49 PM   #1
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I've been agonizing about this for more years than I care to admit. Had been injured (job related)in 2 separate incidents, leaving me, as diagnosed by ortho surgeon, w/torn medial meniscus, both knees. This was at least 20 years ago & I elected not to have surgery. Dr's final words were "You'll be back!"

His words now ring true. I have been taking Chondroitin-Glucosamine for years now, with a great deal of success.

Not any more! Now, despite being extremely active in my life & approaching the ripe old age of 66 I've pretty much become a 'couch potato'. I cannot walk for any length of time. I just have to sit down & rest the old knees. They keep me awake at night. I'm certain I could take my pulse from the throbbing sensation they cause me.

I live in a 55+ community & I see the 'old-timers' tooling around in their battery powered scooters & I can't imagine me joining their group.

Any success stories out there?
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Old 09-06-2007, 12:49 PM   #2
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I've been agonizing about this for more years than I care to admit. Had been injured (job related)in 2 separate incidents, leaving me, as diagnosed by ortho surgeon, w/torn medial meniscus, both knees. This was at least 20 years ago & I elected not to have surgery. Dr's final words were "You'll be back!"

His words now ring true. I have been taking Chondroitin-Glucosamine for years now, with a great deal of success.

Not any more! Now, despite being extremely active in my life & approaching the ripe old age of 66 I've pretty much become a 'couch potato'. I cannot walk for any length of time. I just have to sit down & rest the old knees. They keep me awake at night. I'm certain I could take my pulse from the throbbing sensation they cause me.

I live in a 55+ community & I see the 'old-timers' tooling around in their battery powered scooters & I can't imagine me joining their group.

Any success stories out there?
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:42 PM   #3
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I have met quite a few people with "new Knees". Both men and women..all say "go for it!" Never felt better..of course they are talking to me-who also needs two knees due to osteoarthritis. I am just turning 61, and of course when I feel great, I don't think about having the surgery, only when the pain is terrible do I consider this.I cannot see myself recovering for 5-6 months.I am so busy, we are packing now to head to Arizona in mid October. here in Ontario, I would have a long wait, first to see surgeon then probably months of waiting for the surgery. I've been putting it off. The gluco/cond never helped me. The folks i know say it is painful in the first stages of recovering but well worth the results..talk this out with family, cause you will need some help..
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:18 PM   #4
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My wife injured her knee about 15 years ago and finally had arthroscopic surgery on it about 8 years ago. It helped, but she reinjured it. After several shots in the knee, and even a round of "knee-grease" she finally had a partial (Oxford) knee replacement. It was great until she was hit in the knee (laterally) and fractured the lower leg below the artificial knee. After it healed, she has had to build up her leg strength again and it still hurts a bit. The Doctor told her that he may need to go back and do a total replacement as she may have injured the god side of her knee know. The jury is still out on this issue.

Her advice is to go ahead with total replacement rather than a partial. The recovery time on the partial is a bit less than a total.

My 83 year old Mother in law had a total replacement at age 80 is really pleased with hers and tells people to go for it.

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Old 09-06-2007, 03:11 PM   #5
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Both my mom and dad have had their knees replaced (kind of tells me where my weak genes are located). They are both better off with the replacements. If you decide to go for the replcaements consider:
1. If you have support at home, have both knees done at the same time.
2. Understand the choices available for the implants. Get the best available. My mom had to have one of her knees done over again because it wore out!
3. Once the physical therapist sets your plan for recovery, do a bit more than required (easy for me to say). It will cut your recovery time considerably.
Please let us know what you decide.
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:17 PM   #6
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Jodann, If Doctor agrees go for it. Had my left knee replaces Jan. 30 and back on the road. After operation the knee joints no longer hurt but muscles had to be built up. That is what hurts and takes a lot of PT but in long run its worth it.
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:46 PM   #7
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My wife had both done at same time, 3years ago; and she was only 53. Rough going for awhile, but still very cautious when doing steps or slopes. Doing good on the 4 steps into our fiver.
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:57 PM   #8
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If you decide to have the knees replaced, make sure you go to a facility that uses the automatic knee moving machine that they put you on 24 hours a day. When my Mom had one done the Doctor "forgot" to order her put on the machine and she had a rough time. (It was too late when I inquired about it--then the physician assistant said the Doc didn't want her on one--go figure) All her friends who used the machine came thru the operation fine. Recovery time was much shorter with the machine. s/Toby
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jodann, I feel your pain! My knees are also junk and I'm only 49. My right one has just had arthroscopic surgery to correct previous damage and is doing pretty good for now, but will need to be replaced in the future. I have 3 friends that have had there knees replaced and after the healing part, they are good as new. Go for it and forget the scooters!
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Good to hear the positive comments. My wife goes under the knife next Monday. She is only 58 but has been having problems for a long time. She had a total hip replacment last year. It looks like she is going to have to have both knees as well as the other hip done eventually. Her Dr. won't do both knees at the same time.
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Old 09-07-2007, 07:01 AM   #11
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As to the comment about electric scooters "I just can't imaging me joining them", listen up. I am 75 and a survivor of polio in the late 1940's. But one of the quote lucky ones that walked away after the illness. That is until I turned 55 or so and then Post Polio Syndrom. I learned to use the scooter and anyother thing that I could get my hands on as tools. We still live in an 1840's farm house between coach trips. We still provide 50% or more of our heat with wood. I still stack 5 cords of wood a year. But I have aids that I use in doing my chores around the place and on the road. I have a Pride Go Go fold up electric three wheel scooter that fits in the basement of the MH. Around the place my lawn tractor is my transportation around the property to get me to where I need to do some work. An old three wheel E Z Go golf cart gets me out on the rails for trails paths around here to see the wildlife and rides on the car trailer with the escort when I go to Florida for the winter. The Golf carts is used at the old tractor and steam engine shows. My condition is not operable and if you can get your fixed, go for it. If not use the tools available to get up off the couch. It is more fun doing the other stuff. Oh, buy the way, I still teach auto shop part time and the kids adapt very readily to me being on the scooter.

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Old 09-07-2007, 09:32 AM   #12
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Go have it checked out...If it is just a torn meniscus, you may not need knee replacement...Even If you do, it is really pretty common and very successful these days..
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Old 09-07-2007, 12:12 PM   #13
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Torn meniscus. That was the diagnosis 20+ years ago, along with a bit of bone-to-bone activity. The ortho surgeon, at the time, was very receptive to my having the final say as to whether or not to elect surgery but did warn me that I'd be back.

I retired 11 years ago & receive SS disability due to degenerative arthritic complications associated with my injuries.

Am leaving in the a.m. for a week at the outer banks of N.C. & upon my return will make an appt. with another Ortho surgeon. I will obviously have to start from 'scratch' with new testing, X-rays, MRI's & the like in order to establish treatment. I'd like to have this taken care of prior to embarking on a cross country trip, since in my present condition I would be severely limited in my enjoyment of same.

Thanks,jodann
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I had my hip replaced at 46 and wish I could have done it sooner! 53 now and would do my knees tomorrow if i needed to. If you stay on the couch much longer you will stay there for ever.
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