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I am looking for advice about knee relacements and would love to hear from anyone who has had a positive experience after knee replacement surgery.
I am 64 years old and hyave suffered from knee arthritus for several years. It is steadily getting worse and have been advised that I need a knee replacement. I have had several steroid injections and although they helped at first they no longer give me any relief.
I find that my knee is at it's worst in the morning and I can only come down the stairs one step at a time. Gradually after a hot shower it improves slightly but there is still pain there when walking. I do not have any pain when sitting down or at night when I go to bed. The pain is at it's worst when walking. I am quite a keen walker and at the moment I can still walk a few miles and block the pain out. The surgeons I have seen tell me my X rays are quite bad and seem surprised that I can cope. I would love to have a knee replacement but there seem to be so many people who have negative experiences I am not sure whether it is the right thing to do.
I have had some experience with surgery during the last few years, as I had an accident some years ago and fractured my hip. I was given a hip replacement which was fine and I managed to go back to work 3 months later.
I had to have this hip implant removed and undewent a hip revision. Again this was fine and I returned to work 3 months later.
More recently I have had foot surgery and have just about recovered from the operation and I really wish I was brave enough to undergo a knee replacement but there seem to be so many people who are unhappy after having the operation that I am not sure that it is the right thing to do.
I would also be keen to know whether you are able to do more after the operation. At the moment, I struggle with going up and down stairs and would like to know whether that becomes easier after the recovery period. Do you find that you are able to walk further distances. I know that the recovery can be quite long but I would love to hear from anyone who feels that it was worthwhile and they are pleased with the outcome of the operation.
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