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    Has anyone here had (or know someone who has had) a full knee replacement? I'm talking about the ones that get epoxies onto the bone - not the older "wedge" style ones. I’m particularly after any info on younger people who’ve had the operation. Keen on finding out about range of movement (ie. Can I still get my feet on the pegs) and restrictions on what they can and can’t do. Doctors always seem to give worst case info…

  • #2
    you know my mum has dude, but she was one of the worse cases, so that is probably no good to ya.....

    even so, she still has a lot of movement in her knee, just a lot of the other parts got messed up under the knife......

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    • #3
      Guy at work just had an operation done, pretty sure it was on his knee, he was learning to Ride, and has now had to stop because he can't strain his tendons etc. He tried riding a vespa the other day, apparently it was fine, cept when he tried to rock it onto the stand... he rekonz that hurt like all hell.
      He has been outta hospital for about 2 months or so now I think... He wont be full healed till at LEAST December I think he said... If not longer.

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      • #4
        I know a guy that has had both knees done ,he plays golf 3 days a week but he is over 65
        If you go into internet explorer and type in knee replacement it will give you a lot of info?
        I have had my knee cleaned out about 6 years ago? they told me then they dont do them till you are over 60 years old ,unless it has to be done?

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        • #5
          I know a guy that has had both knees done ,he plays golf 3 days a week but he is over 65
          If you go into internet explorer and type in knee replacement it will give you a lot of info?
          I have had my knee cleaned out about 6 years ago? they told me then they dont do them till you are over 60 years old ,unless it has to be done?
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          it has to be done. only question is how long i can hold out on this one before it gets to the level where i can't cope with it anymore. they don't like putting them in young people because they wear out and get progressively worse each time they are re-done. there just isn't an option. the doc tells me it'll be pretty much fucked but i want to hear a good story. it's also not your average one because there are still quite a few other problems with my leg too.

          i know all about what gets done - my doctor showed me the video and it was fucking gross, they're so brutal. chop this, hack that...

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          • #6
            get me a fork, a spoon and some gaffa tape, and i'll do a backyard jobby on it for ya

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            • #7
              Jarrid just spoke to my wife about this she said if you want to contact people that have had the surgery then to contact one of the hospitals and they can put you in contact with other recipients so that you can hear from them of what it was actually like and what to expect.



              Hope that helps.



              (I remember having conversations with other patients before my spinal surgery and it helped allay the fear)
              Feed 'em to the pigs, Errol....

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              • #8
                Orthopods are just carpenters working with Bone instead of Wood, make sure you find the best one you can, i swear even if you have to fly to get to them it can be better than getting a job done with an older technique.

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                • #9
                  Jarrid my advice as an Orthopaedic nurse would to contact a few of the following:-

                  The Eagles
                  The Dockers
                  The Glory
                  The Western Force
                  The Basketball dudes whose name I dont know...
                  Rowing teams
                  Swimming squads
                  WA Ballet
                  or even the Institute of sport based in WA

                  As to speak to their fitness/physio/medical type people, and ask them which orthopod they send their players too. Ring a couple and if the same name keeps popping up.. hey presto, thats the person you want to see. If they are a bit funny about talking over the phone, ask the receptionist which day would be a good one to catch them in and turn up in person, looking fit, young and limping realy bad!!!

                  You want to see an Orthopod who specialises in maximising the output of surgery for young fit people, who makes it possible for clubs to get their monies worth out of players, with the idea of return to sport if possible. No an Old farts doctor who'll say "You can't ride bikes again" as the only option.

                  And get hooked into the right physios etc to maximise the outcome.

                  If you need a new knee, get one. Don't put it off till you can't walk. The only reason to wait is that replacements have a lifespan, and the younger you are, the more replacements you'll need over time. But i understand the average recovery time is like 2-3 months for oldies ?? maybe less for youngies.

                  I also know there are things called "hemi-athroplasties" which is like half a replacement, and they do "mini-hips", wonder if they do "mini-knees" - much less invassive and quicker recovery.

                  Would depend on if your issue is bone, tendon, ligament or meniscus.

                  Ortho surgeons info site.

                  Anyhow, hope that helps.
                  222 Loctite doesn't taste too bad.

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                  • #10
                    You want to see an Orthopod who specialises in maximising the output of surgery for young fit people, who makes it possible for clubs to get their monies worth out of players, with the idea of return to sport if possible. No an Old farts doctor who'll say "You can't ride bikes again" as the only option.

                    And get hooked into the right physios etc to maximise the outcome.

                    If you need a new knee, get one. Don't put it off till you can't walk. But i understand the average recovery time is like 2-3 months for oldies ?? maybe less for youngies.

                    Would depend on if your issue is bone, tendon, ligament or meniscus.
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                    cheers bec. will have a look at the site.

                    i'm happy with the surgeon i've got now as he has done about 10 or so ops on it so far and (in conjunction with me working my arse off in physio for 2 years) has achieved a result that he can't even believe and that i'm pretty happy about. i went to a meeting with about 10-12 surgeons and they all recommended i keep it as long as possible.


                    anyway, thanks again

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                    • #11
                      Just had an idea, the only youngies Ive seen have knees and hips done were all REAL bad arthritis sufferers. I wonder if the Rheumatology people could hook you up with some people who've had done your age??


                      Arthritis WA

                      222 Loctite doesn't taste too bad.

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