I'm not Dr. Raj but read his post. It says that the main complications, like blood clots and infection, happen because of the longer surgery time involved. That is going to be the case whether you're having two knees done or a hip and a knee. It's not his opinion, it is what he has observed after years of being a surgeon.View Thread
I tried one years ago for OA of the lateral compartment of my knee. It was custom fit but even with that it cumbersome, hot, uncomfortable and the pressure points caused sores on my leg. It gave me a minimum amount of relief from knee pain but it was only temporary. The total uncomfortableness of the brace was not worth what little good it did me. Eventually I had a partial knee replacement which worked great.View Thread
Lots of people have gone to India or any number of other countries for various kinds of surgery. It's nothing new. I can say there's no possible way I'd travel to a third world country for major surgery though, no matter how good the surgeons are. What happens three, six, 12 months later if you have complications? Who yuh gonna call? Not to mention the expense of getting there and back and staying there for however long it takes to recover. Plus the pain of traveling that far with a bum knee.View Thread
There are several studies that indicate having your arthritic knees "cleaned-out" is not beneficial at all. Especially if your arthritis is very advanced. Same for Synvisc injections. My doctor won't even do them because of the poor success rate. And sure, it does help some people. But even more people are helped by knee replacements. The success rate is very high.
I've had both a partial and total knee replacement after a lifetime of problems following an injury in my teens. I'm very happy with the results and would do it again in a heartbeat if my other knee ever needs to be replaced.View Thread
I've never had a shoulder replacement but have had several shoulder surgeries. The best thing for you is to spend a weekend in a sling. Then you will know what things you will and won't be able to do. Are you male or female? That will make a difference when it comes to using the restroom and whether or not you wear a bra. If you're a woman, get some bras that hook in the front.View Thread