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Old 11-30-2017, 11:41 AM   #15
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Sorry to hear about having to cancel plans. Good luck with the surgery and hope you're back on the road soon.
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Old 11-30-2017, 05:54 PM   #16
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I feel for you! I really need to have a knee replaced too, but gonna put it off as long as I can!
Knee replacements these days are routine. I just had my 2nd replacement two weeks ago. I am walking without a cane (except for stairs) and healing quickly.
Pick your surgeon well, get someone who is up on the latest procedures and has done many. Do your PT. My PTist said he's not into torture, but you do need to push yourself.
And don't wait too long. It's not going to get better on it's own and your quality of life will suffer needlessly.
It's really not that bad. I have gotten my life back.
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Old 11-30-2017, 06:16 PM   #17
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You got the surgeon you wanted ? That's half the battle. Soon you will be running between the ditches again. Good Luck to both of ya.
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:15 AM   #18
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Knee replacements these days are routine. I just had my 2nd replacement two weeks ago. I am walking without a cane (except for stairs) and healing quickly.
Pick your surgeon well, get someone who is up on the latest procedures and has done many. Do your PT. My PTist said he's not into torture, but you do need to push yourself.
And don't wait too long. It's not going to get better on it's own and your quality of life will suffer needlessly.
It's really not that bad. I have gotten my life back.
That's encouraging!
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:24 AM   #19
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Good luck with your surgery!
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Two ACL reconstructions, two rotators cuff repairs, one knee replacement, and one knee needing replacement. Growing old is hard work.

For the knee replacement, one night in hospital and walk out the next day. Dr. gave me crutches and said to use them if I needed them. I didn't need them. Physical therapy is 3 times a week for about 8 weeks and that is the part I didn't like. Not the PT part but the down time of not being able to go anywhere.

For the one that needs replacement I get Synvisc injections about every 6 months and the knee is feeling good. Not perfect but well enough I can walk around shopping and only have to sit once in a while. I also have a brace, same one Payton Manning wore when playing football and it is a miracle brace for me. With it I can walk for a long time.

So Joe, so sorry to hear about the plans being foiled but both of you hang in there and get-er-done. The rewards are great.
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Two ACL reconstructions, two rotators cuff repairs, one knee replacement, and one knee needing replacement. Growing old is hard work.

For the knee replacement, one night in hospital and walk out the next day. Dr. gave me crutches and said to use them if I needed them. I didn't need them. Physical therapy is 3 times a week for about 8 weeks and that is the part I didn't like. Not the PT part but the down time of not being able to go anywhere.

For the one that needs replacement I get Synvisc injections about every 6 months and the knee is feeling good. Not perfect but well enough I can walk around shopping and only have to sit once in a while. I also have a brace, same one Payton Manning wore when playing football and it is a miracle brace for me. With it I can walk for a long time.

So Joe, so sorry to hear about the plans being foiled but both of you hang in there and get-er-done. The rewards are great.
Thanks Wayne! Can you give me information on that brace?
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Joe,
It is the 'DONJOY OA Nano medial knee brace.' My specific one is a Left Medial Knee Brace. They make a Right Medial Knee Brace also.

if you do decide to get one make sure you have someone with experience (Orthopedics) size you and then once it is in to adjust it for you. Once adjusted all you have to do is put it on, wear it, take it off when you don't want to wear it.

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I put off two surgeries while taking care of my late wife's needs. Now that she's deceased it's time for my thinks to get fixed. One will be a knee replacement in Dec 28th.
I had both of my knees replaced on 2/5/2015. Living in a small RV made my recovery easier. Everything I needed was within 3 steps of the bed and climbing the 3 steps to get in and out of the coach was great therapy.

Sixty days after surgery I started on a 2,200 mile RV trip to Arkansas and 10 weeks after surgery I was climbing the Arkansas hills on a 7 leap zipline course. I had planned to have surgery a month earlier but even with the delay I was determined to spend those 2 weeks with friends. And I'll never regret setting a goal and working really hard to get there.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Mr D!
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I feel for you! I really need to have a knee replaced too, but gonna put it off as long as I can!
Joe, I personally think you should get yourself fixed ASAP. I had to wait 3 years until Medicare kicked in before I could have my knees replaced. That was 3 years of pain, 3 years of sitting on the sidelines and 3 years of my life wasted. Yes, surgery hurts, but it hurts less everyday. Bad knees hurt a little more each day. There's still a bunch of living I want to do and I canít do it from the recliner.

I'm sending you healing ohmmms for a speedy recovery from ankle surgery. Get back out there and kick some jack asses!
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Don't put off knee replacement like I did.

I waited, nursing one bad one along and, while pushing away from a dock, the other knee went bad on me. I ended up using the electric carts, in the stores, just to get around.

In the spring of 2011, DW and I stored the boat and drove up to NJ, found a surgeon and had both knees done, together ( uggh ). Wasn't walking out of the hospital, the next day.

3 months later I had 1 hip replaced ( See what happens when you wait ! ) and still made it back to FL in the fall, to continue our 5 year liveaboard life.
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Ow! A bad ankle must hurt every step that you take. Once you get it fixed you will enjoy your trip much more. It must be a horrible bummer to have to cancel but your make up trip will be a lot better with a good ankle.
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Thanks everyone, for the comments and encouraging words!

I got a steroid injection in the knee last Monday (OUCH) and it feels great right now, but it only lasts a short while. I'm pretty sure I will go ahead and get the knee replaced once the ankle is well!

Wayne, thanks for the info on the brace. I may look into that!
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Good luck to everyone getting those old knees fixed. I had a partial replacement 4 years ago and recommend getting it done sooner than later if you can. No point suffering with the pain when you don't have to. A good surgeon and PT is the key. Yes, it can be tough, but it works and gets you back to close to normal. I still climb scaffolding 2-3 stories high on a regular basis with only minimal difficulties. Have cousin who did not do PT and had to have the replacement done again!
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