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    Knee Surgery

    I'm having knee replacement surgery. Anyone with experience recovering from Knee replacement?
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    Yes, have had both replaced. I had to stop riding because my knees were so bad. Now with new ones I am back riding without pain. Training is actually fun after the layoff. I'm 72, if I can do it you can.

    Do your PT, work hard at it. Yes it is uncomfortable at times, but you will see the results quickly. Listen to your surgeon about how fast to really push, it takes a full year to heal. You will be able to ride and train before you know it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Loving View Post
    I'm having knee replacement surgery. Anyone with experience recovering from Knee replacement?
    It could change your life (for the better). My wife had bilateral knees done by the same surgeon that did bilateral hips for me. Both outcomes have been spectacular. My hips were done in 2013 and my wifes knees were done in 2016.


    For what it's worth, we both believe that having them both done the same day makes recovery easier. We think it may be because you don't have one good leg and one bad leg which causes you to deal with the associated imbalance problems. If the other knee is nearly gone, look into getting bilateral surgery.


    Most of all. do a lot of investigation into surgeons. They are like auto mechanics. For every good one there are 4 mediocre or worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwiftSolo View Post
    Most of all. do a lot of investigation into surgeons. They are like auto mechanics. For every good one there are 4 mediocre or worse.
    What was your method for doing this? It's not like there are published reviews and results for surgeons. My GP told me that it was a lot more about the patient than the surgeon - hard work in rehab was the key. I'm facing the possibility of a knee replacement and have been thinking about this a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    What was your method for doing this? It's not like there are published reviews and results for surgeons. My GP told me that it was a lot more about the patient than the surgeon - hard work in rehab was the key. I'm facing the possibility of a knee replacement and have been thinking about this a lot.
    I don't know how reliable the information is, but there are sites like Healthgrades that purport to give ratings on physicians.

    I'm lucky, I had my shoulder reconstructed by a local Orthopedic surgeon who is also experienced in joint replacements. I'll be starting with him when my knee is ready to be replaced....

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    i'm in Birmingham, AL. We have a lot of really exceptional Ortho's in town. One place to look is to the Physicial Therapists. It is tough to get them to talk, but you know someone that has a connection. Anyway PT people know which docs have the most patients that have great results. The Dr. that did my knees had already replaced both of my shoulders. His reputation is to have really good results with less pain during rehab. He uses minimally invasive techniques, small incisions and minimal tissue disruption.

    I'm saying this to say that the PT people know who has the most really good results. You have to put maximum effort to the rehab, but it helps if the surgeon is exceptional.

    Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. If you aren't really confident that the surgeon WILL give you the best results, walk away. They're all really arrogant. Mine told me that the only people that approaches the arrogance of a top surgeon are fighter pilots. You want that arrogance, but they need to look you in the eye when they are talking to you. If there is no connection find another one.

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    Hi, I haven't had one replaced (yet), but I did have my right knee 'scoped and debrided back in 2009 by the same surgeon who worked on the Baltimore Orioles MLB & Ravens NFL players. After a half-year of "Synvisc" injections -- which were pretty much worthless -- he 'scoped behind my kneecap/patella and the surgeon pulled out a handful of loose/broken soft tissue (mostly cartilage). I was fortunate in getting the surgeon I did. I have some family in Central Alabama not too far from Montgomery (mostly in Deatsville & Prattville), so I'll query them for you, too. Good Luck on the replacement!

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    I was told that my knees were shot early in 2010, at age 57. I had a retirement home and workshop to build, so I sold all but one bike, late in 2010 and decided to try a new hobby after over 20 years of cycling. I spent 3000 hours building a hot rod, after the 3000 hours of home building. After all that, my knees were really shot and it was time for both knees to be replaced in 2017.

    I had both knees replaced last year, one in January and one in November. I met my medical insurance maximum after the first knee, so the second one was free. I used the only bike I had, placed on a trainer, as part of my rehab. The first knee took about 3 weeks before I got enough range of motion to pedal a full stroke, but the other one only took about a week. It is a fairly long and painful recovery process. It's very important to work on leg straightening. If you can't straighten your leg completely, you won't walk right. The first knee was fairly easy to get straightened, but hard to get back a decent range of motion in bending. The other knee worked just the opposite, but neither has near the original ability to bend. So far it has been no problem. One problem that remains is knee stiffness. My knee will stiffen up, for no particular reason, so I take 600mg of ibuprofen for relief.

    Another interesting thing is that you should not have your teeth cleaned for at least 6 months after the surgery and when you do, a strong dose of clyndomycin is taken one hour before your appointment. There is a chance that harmful bacteria can enter the blood stream and attack the knee joint, resulting in a failure.

    I'm just now thinking about returning to cycling, after an 8 year hiatus. I got my old Campy 11 equipped LOOK KG461 back on the road, just this week. All I'm doing now is an hour of 1.3 mile laps around my neighborhood, to get my legs back in shape a little. I used to ride 5,000 miles a year. The old bike needs new tires and tubes at the minimum. The Mavic Ksyrium rear wheel broke a spoke 8 years ago, so I'm retiring the wheels, too. Time will tell if the urge to ride decent distances returns. I'm a little worried about having a crash and damaging a knee.
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