Pre-knee op. advice sought

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My prospective surgeon has told me that after my booked full knee replacement I won't ever be able to kneel again on the replacement artificial joint, & the operation is really only designed as a 'pain-relieving measure' & not a restoration of the walking mobility I had before the cartilage went.

Can any1 who has had this operation confirm their experiences along these lines please?

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    Iwas just told that I have bone on bone and need knee  replacement but it will be a year wait list.

    but I can get Cortizone shot to help with the pain 

    any one had this shot and does it work and for how long

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    Hi AB,

    I had a bilateral tkr 7 mo ago. I am 57 years old. My function with my knees is so far superior to before my surgery....and I am still healing! I still have some stiffness and mild pain at times. Last week I went on a 4 1/2 mike hike....not a nice little trail. I can sit cross legged again...couldn't for the year before my surgery. Oh and yes, I can kneel again. Now it feels weird because the sensation around the scars is not normal yet. My surgeon says kneeling will not hurt the prosthesis. By the way, I would Look for another surgeon who is more confident in his work and one that you could have more confidence in. He sounds very negative. Don't get me wrong , it is a very difficult surgery and recovery...but in general most of us get not just pain relief but improved function.

    Good luck


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    AB, I have had cortizone injections before my knees became incredibly bad and they did help quite a bit. It's not too bad getting them, more pressure than anything.

    My Dr told me to remember that replacements can't replicate the knees we were born with but I told him I don't remember having them any ways.

    I am 6 weeks post op left TKR today, completely pain free, climbing stairs, and slowly beginning to walk the neighborhood. I don't know about kneeling yet (although I've heard some say they couldn't), but I think I'll wait til I'm sure I can get off the floor again!

    I have absolutely no regrets. I'm ready to have my right one done in Jan and even if it's a slower recovery it doesn't matter. I'll be able to function again.

    Get your legs as strong as you can beforehand, try to lose a few pounds if you need to, work hard on your exercises afterwards and rest inbetween. You'll do great.

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    There must be 2 schools of thought on this one. Some drs say no and others never give any concern to the situation. I've never been able to kneel because of the tenderness but my tkr was the result of a rare tumor. Due to this I have had a long battle a/the knee that others won't expierience, thankfully. Due to staph infection I had to go without a knee for 4 months and then had the 3rd appliance inserted late June. This time the surgeon said no kneeling for 6 months and then he would look at it again. There have been a couple of folks on h e re that started kneelin within weeks of the surgery and had terrible setbacks. You really have to listen to your Dr. As he is the one that has analyzed your tests and knows all the parameters.
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    I would look for another surgeon. I had a knee replacment just

    over 9 weeks ago and I am delighted with the results. My

    surgeon said that I would need a pad to kneel on but kneeling

    would n ot be a problem. Already I have knelt a few times for a

    very short period on a gym mat and although it feels weird

    because of swelling kneeling does not seem im possible.

    I was driving at 4 weeks and regularly walk over 3 miles.

    My physio tells me that healing takes at least 3 months so I am still doing lots of exercises but I can now walk distances without pain and feel as if I have my life back again

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