Knee replacement

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Hi my mum who is 74 is suffering from really bad arthritis in her knees I'm trying to persuade her to have knee replacement any advice or help gratefully received

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    I can say that I am 9.5 weeks from TKR. I am 69. I have worked out all my life. Prior to surgery I had full range of motion. It was bone on bone. It hurt a lot. I chose to have surgery prior to losing any range of motion. After surgery
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    My mum had arthritis in both her knees, and by the time she was in her 80's she was being hoisted from a chair and bed into a wheelchair, she couldn't walk.

    She was too frightened to even have physio, let alone surgery.

    unfortunately, it was genetic, I had my first knee replaced four years ago, and my other replaced last year.

    I am 70, and can walk fine, a bit of stiffness until I get going, but no pain.

    I fully intend to be walking still in my 80's.

    It's a common operation nowadays, and your mum will be so glad she had it done, once she gets over it.

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    Hi Liz,

    ?Mine was not that bad, I had osteoarthritis in the medial compartment of the right knee - so only had a partial knee replacement, almost a year ago. I could hardly walk, in the end the pain was so bad.I had to have it done.  In 8 weeks I was off crutches and driving my car again and at 11 weeks back at work driving a bus. Now almost a year later totally pain free.

    ?BUT my advice is to get massage therapy on the knee or knees before surgery. YOU must get the strength in that knee before surgery, it must be in the best possible condition for the surgeon to deal with AND it will help with recovery. During recovery you'll have PT and I followed up with more massage therapy once the dressings are off. This will help the incision to stay supple and constant massage will make a big contribution to scar tissue NOT forming and will help with PT. I paid for my massage therapy myself not part of the NHS.

    Good luck,


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    I think its hard for a child to discuss this sort of thing without emotions from both getting in the way. The surgeon should be able to explain the needs and the options. Many times people just have to wait till the pain is so unbearable they can't live with it any longer. I suppose you can just get answers to 'll her concerns and wait.

    I go to church with a guy that needs bilateral. He is in such a high level of pain I'm not sure how he goes. When we talk about it he tells me that I'm the reason he won't have it done. He's seen all that I've gone through. I've tried to explain my problem was caused by a rare tumor and they can't get it all it it makes no difference......he's not budging. Incidentally he was a lineman for the power company and crushed his knees jumping off poles

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    I'm 72, and had my left knee done about two years ago.  At the beginning, I swore it was the biggest mistake I had ever made. . .and believe me, it is not easy for the first few weeks.  Now I am glad I had it done.  If she does decide to go ahead with it, make sure you get everything she will need in place before the operation . . come back to this forum and get the advice of those who have had this op, not those who do it. . they really haven't got a clue about what the post op period is like in my experience!


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