I would do just about anything to avoid using crutches or chairs forever. I would NOT have both knees done at once however. There is lots of discussion in here about that, including from the doctor that used to monitor this board.
Before you do anything jump in a pool and start strengthening your whole body. You will need it to get through the surgery.View Thread
Calf pain is common after knee surgery. I have had calf pain after every knee surgery I've had. Lots of the fluid from your knee swelling goes into your calf and foot due to gravity. All that can cause pain and swelling in other parts of your leg.
Having a knee replaced can also cause your leg to be shorter. Most of the time this is unavoidable. Putting an insert in your shoe can easily fix that problem. Your physical therapist can help with that.View Thread
Was your doctor an orthopedic surgeon? If not, then go to one of those. If he was then tell him you're still in pain or go to another one. X-rays only see bones, they do not see soft tissue and that's where most of the damage happens in a knee. For that you need an MRI.View Thread
Sounds like a tough injury. Surgeons don't always look at MRIs. That's okay. They are read by radiologists who do nothing but look at these things all day. They are experts at reading them. They send a report to your surgeon. Any time I've had an MRI the doctor has told me to bring a copy of the MRI back to my follow-up appt. Not all surgeons do that.They just rely on the radiologist's report. If your current doctor doesn't want to help you then get a copy of your MRI and make an appt. with another orthopedic surgeon.View Thread
I'm not an expert at reading MRIs but I don't see anything in there other than some tendinitis and a mild sprain.Why were you in traction and on crutches? They don't put you in traction for even the worst knee injuries.
If you don't like what your doctor tells you then bring your MRI and report to another one.View Thread
I don't know about the elliptical but it's low impact so I'm guessing it will be fine. Biking and swimming are great for knees so you shouldn't have any issues. I swim regularly. I don't do a lot of mountain biking anymore but I do some light riding on a paved trail. You do need to check with your own doctor though. There might be limits on how much pressure you can put on your knee when riding.View Thread