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An MD on the radio who does Prolotherapy injections says as long as knee bends, even with some pain, there is cartlidge in that knee.
As I understand it, when replacement is done, the knee is gutted of everything, even some cartlidge that was there.
THis knee started to creek when I was 57 and now 76, so that's 19 yrs.... but no pain to speak of, some when I start to walk. I use homeopathic lotion for pain and a knee support....Does not give me pain when I'm sleeping. I exercised all my like and still get on my living room recumbent bike, for short time, to keep that knee moving...
Knee became much WORSE after hip replacement in 2010, body alignment is all changed so more stress and tension on knee and foot/ankle...
I'm in the U.S. and "maybe" we just don't do these replacements when they start to creek.
I'm thinking many here would have done a replacement if they had my knee, or are really thinking about it.
I don't know LONG TERM how these knees play out but the recovery sounds brutal.
My BP goes sky high just thinking about a surgery after this hip fiasco. j
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