12 months post rtkr

Posted , 5 users are following.

Hi everyone. I'm excited to say after a harrowing first 5 months I am so happy I had the surgery. Now my problem is what exercise can I do safely. It seems my only option is yoga classes or the gym. I'm ok about yoga, not too keen on the gym but want to get rid of the floppy bits. Doing loads of walking that's my daily exercise just now. All the classes seem to have jumping and running. I used to love Zumba but that's not an option now. Any ideas?

0 likes, 12 replies

Report / Delete

12 Replies

  • Posted

    Hey Mandy, I too am coming up on my 1 year anniversary. i have had a couple set backs along the way but my knee feels really good now! I have been, swimming, biking and walking. I was a runner before my knee replacement. I have had several lengthy conversation with my surgeon and have done a lot of research, i am going to do a careful and slow return to running. i know the risks! the key to what ever activity is to strengthen all the muscles that support your knee and maintain a healthy weight! good luck to you in what ever you chose to do!

    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Hi Kenny. Thanks for your reply. Never was into jogging but lived high impact classes. I know they're a no go and I will obviously have ti forsake my vanity for my knee. Good luck with the jogging.

      Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    No jumping and running!!!! Instead of your knee lasting 25 years, it will deteriorate after three. Here's the list...

    Do's and Don't Post-TKR

    Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      Yes, there is a standard answer...avoid anything that pounds or twists the knee...period. Every doc will tell you the same thing. Found this out when I had my hip replaced in '09. Told the doc I wanted to strap my skates on and get back to hockey. He said fine..."but I'll see you in three years for a new hip instead of the normal 25".

      Same with the knee. Depending on weight and intensity of running/jogging, your knee is loaded with anywhere from 5 to 18 times your body weight. The implant was not made to sustain that force over time. Also, twisting or torquing the knee can also wear it down or even dislocate it if the force is great enough.

      To fix this, it takes a revision...a new knee. The problem is that knee #2 is NEVER as tight and steady as the first one. You want to avoid this at all cost and get max life out of your first knee.

      How? Follow the list and avoid the not recommended activities. However...we all have free will. So make your choice and live with the consequences. Me? I gave up hockey to preserve my hip and also completely follow the precautions for my knee. Still your choice...

      Note: I hear that there are some new implants out there specifically designed to take more high intensity abuse. However, there is no data on how long they actually last in real life. For now, I'd play it safe. Just sayin'...

      Report / Delete Reply
    • Posted

      i will!! a lot has changed in the last 10 years! it comes down to personal choice. i have been in the running world for decades and the number of people with new hips and knees that have returned to running continues to grow. it is true that there are no studies to say its safe to run, but there are also no studies that prove its not safe!As the quality of the joints continue to improve and the surgical procedures advance more and more are rethinking there position. its really awesome that more and more younger patients are benefiting from these advances. I am not telling anyone that they can or should run! Its an individual decision! I have did my research and am comfortable with my decision. keep me informed on your progress.

      Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    I'm 49 so the thought of not doing exercise which I used to love doing takes a bit of coming to terms with. I'll get there.

    Report / Delete Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report or request deletion

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up