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FWIW, both my knees are bone on bone and my DR. recommended I try the cartilage supplement (euflexxa) injections first. Three injections per knee, one per week. Left knee is now 90% and right knee is 85%. It can be redone in 6 months, and I feel I bought myself at least another year before replacement.



Tried those, first round lasted 5 Months
Second round lasted about about month and a half


Just do it and get it over with. All that other stuff is just a temp fix. Replacement is a perement fix. Do the rehab and work out at the gym and never look back


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OP'er here. Started PT today, wasn't so bad. Definately felt I got a workout. They told me to take pain pill before an hour before I went, think that helped alot. I also have a device that supplies another pain med through an IV thing in my upper thigh. Have had it on the next to lowest setting, it should last a week that way. Thanks for all the encouragement. It really helps to hear how successful your implants were.[emoticon]


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Hi John, glad to hear it is going well!! I have not been through the knee replacement thing, yet. I do have some issue with my left knee, but hoping to not need any surgery anytime soon. Dr says scar tissue from too many injuries in earlier years.

You seem like a guy with a great attitude, and I think that helps a lot with any type of recoveries. Best of luck to you, and hope you return to great shape quickly, so you can enjoy all your favorite activities!

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hotpepperkid wrote:

Etstorm wrote:

justlou wrote:

FWIW, both my knees are bone on bone and my DR. recommended I try the cartilage supplement (euflexxa) injections first. Three injections per knee, one per week. Left knee is now 90% and right knee is 85%. It can be redone in 6 months, and I feel I bought myself at least another year before replacement.



Tried those, first round lasted 5 Months
Second round lasted about about month and a half


Just do it and get it over with. All that other stuff is just a temp fix. Replacement is a perement fix. Do the rehab and work out at the gym and never look back

Not so sure of a permanent fix. Outside of a double knee replacement, I have had my right hip repaced three times.



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Etstorm wrote:

justlou wrote:

FWIW, both my knees are bone on bone and my DR. recommended I try the cartilage supplement (euflexxa) injections first. Three injections per knee, one per week. Left knee is now 90% and right knee is 85%. It can be redone in 6 months, and I feel I bought myself at least another year before replacement.



Tried those, first round lasted 5 Months
Second round lasted about about month and a half


Just postponing the inevitable. Go ahead and get it over with. 6 months later you will be glad you did.

I've had both knees and both hips replaced. All working great.


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I'm still walking, but much more slower and carefully now as the knees sometimes give out under me. I don't look forward to all the down time recovering so it would most likely be in the Fall before considering the surgery. Thanks for your input.

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After enduring leg braces, pain killers, cortisone injections, physical therapy, sleepless nights due to aching knees, along with recommendations from my ortho doctor I finally made arrangements to have my knees replaced. June of 2013 I had the left knee replaced, then in September of 2013, I had the right knee replaced. The first month after each replacement, my pain had mostly disappeared and I was able to do much as I wanted. Had it not been for scheduling, I would have had number 2 done quicker rather than worry about facing walking on ice during recovery. I will admit there was significant pain from the surgery, I quickly realized the pain that drove me to get the surgery no longer existed.

Sometimes I notice a bit of discomfort in one of my knees, so I grab my pt paperwork and run back through the physical therapy, tighten the muscles around the knees and it goes away. I am one that now wishes that I had not procrastinated as long as I did. Should the need arise to do one again, I will not hesitate.

The only restriction that I have noticed is that the only way I can get on my knees is with contractor's rubber knee pads. Both knees had suffered significant bone on bone grinding.


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42 years ago I had my knee distoyed in a martial art match... It slipped out about 9 times over that time... But in March it started to let me down once a week. The pain was very bad when it slipped. In June I talked to my doctor that sent me to a doctor that has been doing only knees for 40 years.... I am happy I waited. Back 42 year ago they told me I would always walk with a cane after the operation... Over the last 6 months I am playing golf, walking the dog and hiking trails... Modern medican has come a long ways.

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I am two weeks post op, driving and walking with a cane. Start out patient therapy next week.

Still have swelling but working on that issue.

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OP'er here. Monday I will have my two week checkup at the doctor. Hope he releases me to drive. Been going to PT every day since operation, next week will drop to 3 days a week for 2 weeks. Not sure what will happen after that. Still hoping to have the second knee done in about a month. Thanks to all of you that have taken the time to respond. Happy camping, John

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