Age 53 Tkr

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Im 53 and have osteoarthritis in both knees level 3 and 4.

After seeing consultant today only thing left is the big op however he did his best to put me off telling me success rate is lower if under 60. Anyone here similar age i cant wait 7 years way things are will be in a mobility scooter before im 55.

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    Hi I had my right knee done 2 years ago at age 53 and  my left  one done 3 weeks ago at age 55. The doctor has never mentioned a better outcome if you are over 60. It’s about quality of life. I would see another surgeon. 
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    Hi Bellelouise

    I had a full knee replacement 3 1/2 years ago when I was 56. My operation has been a great success, although I did have problems in the early months with pain and achieving the bend. My surgeon told me that the pain level was due to higher bone density than older patients but once I was able to manage my pain I was able to make good progress.

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    I had my first TKR done at age 53 and was back at my 12-14 hour nursing shifts in 14 weeks. I am having my other one done in less than a month. Success uggs better determined by your strength (esp quads) before surgery, the skill of the surgeon, and being realistic about how hard you are willing to work to rehab. My surgeon says this: "I can put it in but YOU need to make it work". I have only heard the opposite about age, that the older the patient the less successful it is. Both are generalizations and you need to evaluate your own circumstances. I cannot wait to get my second one done. Good luck to you and keep following this page for great guidance and feedback.

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      My surgeon said more or less the same, something like I've done my job now it is up to you to do the hard work. No point having it done if you're not prepared to do the physio and exercise etc to make it a success. 

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    I had my left knee TKR  when I was 56. That was 20 years ago and the knee is still great. The other knee was done 1½ years later and that is great too. No sign of any problem with them. Have the op as soon as you can, don't suffer any longer than you have to. You will read many different stories about recovery here, but remember your recovery is your own, may be completely different from others. There may be times during recovery that you wish you never had the op, but trust me you will get there in the end and it really is worth it. Ask questions here, you should get very sound advice. Good luck, do your physio and exercise as much as you can without overdoing it. use your medication to control pain it helps if you are not in too much pain when exercising. Another thing have a spinal rather than a general anaesthetic, much better for after op recovery.

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    I’m a 54 year old who had a running injury spiral into a total knee replacement in late March.  I have had pain standing and walking since, despite compliance with the home exercise plan.  Original Surgeon wants to go back into my knee and do a scope and scrape and diagnosed me with arthrofibrosis- a rare complication.  My knee has a 15 degree contracture and doesn’t straighten and it only bends to 110 degrees.  That diagnosis is considered “functional” despite the constant pain.  

    Second opinion doctor disagrees.  He says the implant is loose either due to infection or metal allergy.  If those come back negative- then it is arthrofibrosis and he wants to take this one out to remove the scar tissue that had adhered to it. 

    Either way - I have to go through two brutal knee surgeries in about 9 months at 54.  

    Wait

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      I am having arthroscopic surgery for arthrofibrosis  on Oct. 17.  8 1/2 months after TKR.  I had to go to a different surgeon to actually dx this and to take me seriously.   First surgeon kept saying, "Oh, it's all normal"...blah blah...............  Don't give up on getting the proper dx.

       

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    I am sorry asking ? Are you in uk? 
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    Have you tried SynVisc or something like it?  At your age, I did that for years.  The three-shot regimen lasted almost a year each.  Got me all the way through my 50's....and more.  Then I moved from the cold and humidity of New Jersey to the dry warmth of Fort Worth, TX and needed NOTHING for the following 7 years...NOTHING.  Had my TKR at 68.  Year-long recovery but 100% success.  Check the SynVisc injections.

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    Hi, 

    I have to say, your surgeon is an idiot.... 

    It doest matter what age you are, if you need it you need it, why wait sitting in a chair and find that year after year you are slowly getting less and less active and then 7 years down the line get a new knee to them find out it’s to late becouse of other complications. 

    I was 52 when I had my knee on the 12th Jan 2017, hideous op, painful, exercises very hard, but as a 52 years old I knew I wanted to get back out there and do things I’d not done for ages. I worked hard and put loads of effort into my rehabilitation. Having a TKR is the best decision I ever made, I am mobile more active and have even started teaching Yoga which I now do 3 times a week. I started a course several years ago, never had the confidence due to my mobility but now you’d never know I had had a TKR. 

    The key is keeping those muscles in the thigh, buttocks, hips and legs strong, you can’t go that with a damaged knee. My legs are now the strongest they have been so I’m actually using the muscles in my leg to do the work and not the actual knee. 

    Good luck with what ever you decide. 

    Louise x 

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    Thanks everyone im now going to have physio on my other knee to strengthen as had fat cell treatment and meniscus repair 9 weeks ago and it didnt work. Then im going back to be put on the list for the tkr on the other knee. The left one will need doing too in time x
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