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PasswordNotFound....miss all the likes he/she gave me and the info. provided. PM'd me to say goodbye,...
hoping he/she returns.
BGriffin and Mary.....

When you know better you do better....

Oprah


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Bgriffin was hysterical, and offered valuable info.....then his posts started being edited by the mods.........
@OCyou2 wrote:

Bgriffin was hysterical, and offered valuable info.....then his posts started being edited by the mods.........
I as well enjoyed him and know what happened, but starting a new year, not going back, may not have been
Mods alone editing him. I miss him as well, what a sense of humor. We lost three, LisaSTL, PasswordNotFound and BGriffin.

When you know better you do better....

Oprah
I have heard several times recently from Jame Bond. He is doing well and had had his eye sight restored so that he can continue his photography work! Ad, of course, MSing.

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I'm still around, just not a lot of time to devote to the forum these days. So a belated happy new year to everyone.

Wine! Because no great story ever started with someone eating a salad.
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We miss you Lisa!

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How long does it take to recover from a knee replacement? Do you have to take physical therapy? Thanks.
@SunnyDays2 wrote:

How long does it take to recover from a knee replacement? Do you have to take physical therapy? Thanks.

If you want it to recover properly and function correctly you do the PT. Generally you are in the hospital a couple of days beginning the PT. Then you are (at least around here) house bound for a week with PT and home health coming to you. If you have made enough progress you then can be driven to where you need to go, including PT, though it is likely you will not be released to drive yourself during that week. You have exercises to do pre-surgery for a week or more to strengthen the muscles. You have exercises and stretching that start in the hospital in addition to the PT there and once you get home even though PT will be there too. The goal is multifold including preventing scar tissue from growing to obstruct movement and increasing the angle of the bend of the joint. Even after PT is ended you need to continue the exercises to maximize the benefit. Depending on your progress you may be 'released' to normal activities (with some exceptions, such as pushing a lawnmower) in 3-6 weeks. Having the surgery without the PT and exercises is as useless as handing you a book you can't read--you might find something you can do with the book but you are getting little benefit from it.
Excellent advice from Flash. I have two full knee replacements, about 5 years apart.. I spent a couple of days in the hospital in both cases as Flash said. For the first one a therapist came to my home for a couple of weeks and I went the facility after that three times a week while continuing daily exercise on a leg machine. For the second one I went directly to the facility a couple days after the hospital stay with no home care except the leg machine. I was able to drive myself in both cases. The therapy is very painful but very necessary if you want to regain full movement. I think the therapists are masochists at heart. I know people who have two knees done at once to get it over with but when I learned that it would involve an extended hospital stay I choose not to. The downside is that I remembered how painful the rehab for the the first one was and put off the second as long as I could. There are also rehab facilities available where you can stay 24 hours a day for a given period.
Are knee replacements for old age or did all you people get into accidents? I don't like the look of my knees but I don't think I want to get them replaced.

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Knees and hips generally need replacement when usually arthritis hastens the erosion of the joint such that bone is grinding on bone rather than sliding on cartilage. In order to live an active lifestyle the joint needs to be replaced to eliminate pain. Joints can also be seriously enough damaged by accidents to require replacement, but by far the most frequent cause is aging and arthritic involvement. Shoulders also may be replaced, though there are fewer cases of that and the success rate is not nearly as high as with knees and hips.
Sybil, for me it was both. I brutalized my knees from Grade School, High School, College and the Military with 13 years of wrestling then later 7 years of karate/judo and finally around 20 years of soccer. Toss in a little skiing and racket ball, mix well with old age and remove two knees and add titanium. However, I wouldn't change a thing.
Thank you everyone for your responses! I heard this and perhaps it could be partially true: Some knee replacements don't make the knee better. But then again, Flash said to do your PT and then exersizes after all your PT is over. Maybe patients went in and had the surgery but did not do the follow up care.

Sybil. I have Osteoarthritis in my knees. The bones rub against the little cartiliage that remains. It is very painful. Someday I will have to do this surgery. Already confirmed to be in my knees, my thumb joint, my hips, my back and all of these were injured through the years.
Sunny, I am so sorry to hear. Are you trying any type of nutritional supplements? Glucosamine chondroitin works wonders. They have bone broth protein powders on the market that have glucosamine, chondroitin, collagen, and a myriad of other connective tissue repair compounds that are worth a try. I know it's hard to regenerate once it's gone but perhaps you can keep whatever cartilage still remains for awhile longer.
@SunnyDays2, in my generation of my family I have one sister with 2 knee replacements who will be getting her first new hip in probably April, one sister with 2 knee replacements, a brother with two hips and looking at his first knee. My father had both hips, my aunt got a shoulder, my significant other has had one hip, my mother was too old for surgery. I still have my 'original equipment' but have gotten to be cheerleader for all and taskmaster for some. The only less than wonderfully successful was my aunt's shoulder because she was unwilling to do the exercises because 'they hurt'. I watched my neighbor decide he did not need to do the exercises after his knee because he 'works so much I don't need to exercise'. His knee was a bomb and he hobbled because he didn't work through the flexibility exercises. His doc redid that knee and his other knee at the same time and threw him in a nursing home for recovery with mandatory physical therapy and nothing else to do but eat, sleep, do his exercises and watch TV. Amazingly enough, when they released him from the nursing home he was walking quite well. The surgery is a commitment by both the patient and the doctor and it won't feel good, but you push through it so that the outcome is a freedom from the pain.

If you trust the doc to do your surgery, also trust when he/she tells you it is time to do it. If you wait too long the adjustments you make in your walking style pre-op to minimize pain can make surgery and recovery more difficult (bowed legs, rolled over ankles, etc.) If you don't trust the doc to do your surgery, find someone else who you do trust. Most of the time the doc will try a hydrocortisone injection into the joint to alleviate the pain by reducing inflammation. Sometimes it works for a while, sometimes it doesn't. A responsible doctor will not do it very often because it does erode the bone if done many times. Sometimes, though, it is the only relief they can offer when a patient is too old or weak for surgery.
I have some personal experience, my sister had two knee replacements, she stayed in a recovery place for 10 days, as she had stairs and unable to climb them. My SO (at that time), flew to L.A. from Fla. as one the best Dr's for replacements is at Cedar Sinai Hospital in L.A. They both recovered, but it was essential they do therapy. I think that is the key for a good recovery, that and a good Dr. I had joint replacements in my fingers
due to Arthritis. I had this done about 8 years ago, and no Arthritis pain since, however, I can't bend my fingers all the way...small price to pay for getting rid of that pain. Good luck, time heals all.

When you know better you do better....

Oprah
Definitely do the PT. My mom has had both of hers done and did exactly what the Dr told her to do. Of course she's also one of those crazy people who went for a walk the afternoon of her surgery. It was an admittedly short walk with crutches, but a walk nonetheless.

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