Knee Replacement / Operation

@slickcut (8141)
United States
September 1, 2007 11:51am CST
Well guys this time has come and i am a little upset about it..I have had trouble with my right knee since I was 14 years old.I always pampered it,was a house wife raising my children and having spells with this knee.I went finally to my family doctor and he took xrays and said i needed to see a surgeon...Well i went and now he said I have to have a total knee replacement/can you believe??? My surgery is set for Oct the 2nd,and i am a bit scared to say the least.he told me it was a painful surgery but that in the long run i would be happy i did it.Has anyone had this ? Is is real bad? Im not a heavy person but the doc said sometime in my life i have damaged this knee but if so i do not remember it...Can you give me a bit of information or at least a friendly word,any suggestions....Thank you
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7 responses
• United States
1 Sep 07
While it will be a little tough at first, in the long run you will be happy you did it. The longer you wait and the older you get, the harder the recovery will be. You will begin your therapy the day after your surgery. Every hospital and dr has their own protocol as to what you will do. I would definately ask your dr to explain the process to you so you are prepared for what will come. Take your pain mediciine, i cant stress that enough. So many people are afraid of becoming addicted they wont take it or dont take enough. It will only help you to progress better if you take your meds. Initially the first 48 hrs i would recommend you take them every 4-6 hrs, and then see how you feel. You will also be placed on a anticoagulant such as coumadin to help prevent blood clots, be sure to report to your nurse any changes in your breathing pattern. You will require 6-8 weeks of physical therapy after you go home. Have they discussed with you yet how you will achieve that, if not it is better to discuss it and plan for it ahead of time. Good luck and best wishes
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
2 Sep 07
you have helped a great deal with all the information.My doctor told me to be sure and take my pain medication the entire time ,on time even if i am not hurting because it helps you to get well faster,he also told me you could not get addicted to it,only people who actually abuse it is the ones that get addicted...I di not know about the anticoagulant but thats very good ,and helpful.He did tell me about the phyical therpy and it does hurt some but not extreem..I am glad you had so much information that really makes me feel better...
@Polly1 (12647)
• United States
1 Sep 07
I am so sorry for you. They have good pain medicine that will help with the pain. The recovery period does take some time. It will be worth it though. If you have pain all the time. I have known several people who have had a knee replacement done, they were happy with the results. Good luck and keep us posted with how things are going. Also when it gets closer to your surgery, post a prayer request, then you will have lots of people praying for you. Prayer does work and plus it helps your nerves knowing that people are praying for you.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
1 Sep 07
Thank you Polly for those words of encouragement.Yes i will post a few days before my surgery.I am a firm believer in prayer and prayer has always been a great comfort for me and it does Work.Thank you!
@ElicBxn (61149)
• United States
1 Sep 07
My roommate's mom & a friend's mom both have had knee replacements. The roomie's mom's first knee wasn't quite right, something the surgeon did, but the other is great. The friend's mom is only a month out from the second replacement & I haven't heard how she likes it, I will probably see her Tuesday. Even with the first knee not being quite right, the roomie's mom is glad she had it done (she had both hips done as well.)
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
1 Sep 07
Yes my surgeon said that the knee and hip goes togeather and that having the knee replacement will keep my hip good.If you keep a bad knee it will finally cause your hip to act up too.I am going to have it done because of the pain and to save me from getting a bad hip.Thank you for your response.
@aissha (2036)
• India
4 Sep 07
oops ,sorry to hear that ,i just hope u come out of it really well and able to do whatever u want and able to run till last breath,in short my brightest blessings.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
4 Sep 07
Thank you aissha,you are very sweet..
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
2 Sep 07
Hi slickcut! I myself havent had any problem with my knee thank god. But I have a friend who had that done too. And its like day and night. Before the surgery my friend had such a bad limp and was always in pain. Now theres no pain and he is so happy he had this done. There will be alot of therapy thou. Stay with it and in the end you will love your new knee. The best of luck to you.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
2 Sep 07
Oh i do plan to stay with the program for sure..about your friend that was very encouraging so thank you for that good word.It makes me feel i have made the right choice.
@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
2 Sep 07
Hey slickcut! My sister, who unlike you, ran 10 miles a day on hilly pavement in San Francisco - two no nos. And this before they designed special sneakers for running to protect the feet, legs and knees. She lost all the cartilage in her knees or most and had to have surgery to replace this articular cartilage. My mom flew out to be with her. Now, more than a decade later, she is much improved, I think she feels a twinge now and then when its going to rain! Good luck. :)
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
2 Sep 07
well hopefully they are going to replace the entire knee with a new one..I had thought about Not having it done but my doctor said i was much to young to go through my life like this...Years ago they did not have this opition and people were on cruches ,canes etc, then when they first came out with it the artificial knee was large and clumsey..Now the knee is the size of your own and a very small scar that will go away...As he explained it to me all would look just like before but pain free..
@love1979 (37)
• United States
2 Sep 07
Hi, my grandmom had 3 knee operations. Not to scare you but the first one didn't work. The 2nd time she had both done at the same time and, it is a painful surgery. I know because I had to care for her. Her recovery in the hospital was about a month the it took another 2 months to heal. She couldn't walk and you can forget about climbing the steps cause it won't happen. She couldn't drive. You have to have someone there at all times to help you the first week you come home. It would be helpful to get a trash bag to use to slide into the car when you go home so you won't have to put any strain on your knee. Also helpful to have a truck or SUV because of the height. I hope this is helpful.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
2 Sep 07
I know of two people that went through knee surgery and it also did not work,but they chose to do that operscopic surgery which is done by the sports doctors and a lot of people that are in sports have that,like the football players and such...and thats ok for problem knees if the problem is not real bad and one of those people was trying to avoid the knee replacement but finally did the entire knee replacement and they are happy with the results...So the doctor suggests that i do the knee replacement the first time to eliminate the problem..I hope it does good.keeping my fingers crossed..