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hello all - a google search led me here. I am scheduled for a total knee (right) on Monday. A bit of background. i'm 60 y/o male, of average weight. long history of right knee issues. two scopes for torn medial meniscus -1st in '94, 2nd maybe 10 years ago or so. last 3 years knee starting 'locking'. i'd take a step or two and it'd 'unlock'. i had supartz on 3 occasions over the past 3 years. first two series (a year apart) worked. last series this past spring did not work. "locking" occurs more frequently and it doesn't "unlock" as readily. that's when it's most painful. not too much pain at rest, but walking, going down stairs is difficult. i limp when walking. saw two surgeons, both recommended knee replacement (one partial, the other total). i'm scheduled for the total. here's the problem. i have a trip to spain and morocco scheduled for 8 weeks later. a bit more background. this will be my 15 or 16th surgery - 5 back, 4 shoulder (2 & 2), 3 knee (one left). cervical fusion, broken finger and i've bounced back from all. for example, I had a microdisectomy in 2017 and was only missed 3 weeks of playing hockey. My physiatrist and PT both said i'm the most resilient patient they've ever seen. i'm not bragging just providing context, but this has me shaken. i've been depressed and i think it is mostly because i haven't been able to convince myself that this is what i need to do. plus the trip looms over it all. with previous surgeries it was a day of two of "whoa is me" followed by "F this - let's get this going cause i got to get back to my life!" I still play hockey 3x week - granted i'm not any good anymore, but i still get out there! my surgeon says i will be fine for spain and that he finds the "magic" number is typically 6 weeks, that his patients turn the corner at that time. anyway - i guess my question is - do you think it is possible for me to go on a two week holiday with a lot of walking daily, 8 weeks post TKR?? thank you all in advance for your help and sharing your experiences!!
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